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Paul Stewart (Intercollege, Nicosia, Cyprus)
The proposed paper aims to explore the phenomenon of reading “Ping” and the textual relations between the story and Beckett’s wider oeuvre.
The reader of “Ping” occupies the same space as that of the protagonist. Faced with the dense repetition, the traces of images and memories, the reader attempts to interpret the text just as the protagonist attempts to state the “all known”. Yet both are frustrated as the all known fails to coalesce and the prospect of slipping into the “white infinite” of textual possibilities, some of which are closely allied to other works in Beckett’s oeuvre, becomes more grave.
The paper traces how significance within the text is created and then dissolved. The subtle changes in key phrases, the syntactical ambiguities and the indeterminacy of the “ping” at once encourage and frustrate the application of systematic interpretation, leaving reader and protagonist to grasp at the flitting images or memories as a source of
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