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Brian Doyle (Lehman College, City University of New York)
“The Explicit Moment” explores a phenomenon characteristic of Samuel Beckett’s later, short one-act plays, in particular Rockaby (1980), Ohio Impromptu (1981) and Catastrophe (1982). In these plays the playwright juxtaposes an explicit theatrical moment—respectively, a profanity, a protracted eye contact or an irresolute gaze—within the context of a rhythmically and aurally complex, four-part dramatic structure crafted to illustrate, often for varying reasons, the duality of Self and Other implied in Bishop Berkeley's quote, Esse est percipi, or “to be is to be perceived”.
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