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Agnieszka Tworek (Yale University)
In the Francophone theater of the second half of the twentieth century, which welcomed prison as one of its newly privileged topoï, Beckett’s Endgame figures as one of the first plays which brutally visualizes the carceral universe. Beckett stands in contrast to Genet, Gatti or Arrabal, whose works, haunted by an investigation of cell blocks, unearth the horror of incarcerated people, the misery of captivity, and the dreadful institution of prisons before the public eye. Beckett’s Endgame, rather, suggests jail in a very troubling, if more subtle, way. Analyzing the spatial framework of this play and the distressing interactions between its heroes who are kept under mutual surveillance, this paper will show how, without naming it explicitly, Endgame, from the beginning to the very end, evokes prison architecture, its cruelty, and its daily routine.
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