A matter of fundamentals : sound and silence in the radio drama of Samuel Beckett

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A matter of fundamentals : sound and silence in the radio drama of Samuel Beckett

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dc.contributor.author Gray, Richard J.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-01T11:41:02Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-01T11:41:02Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10437/3022
dc.description.abstract Samuel Beckett was arguably one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Known for his stage plays, including the renowned En attendant Godot (1948), Beckett’s contribution to the field of radio drama is often overlooked. His corpus of radio dramas included some of the most innovativeradio works of the post-World War II period. For Beckett, radio drama was not exclusively verbocentric, for he always maintained that his work was “a matter of fundamental sounds (no joke intended) made as fully as possible” (Frost 362). His (radio) drama aesthetics defined a strict hierarchy of sound whereby the dramatist balances sound effects, music and the characters’ dialogue – and the use of silence. In this essay, I examine the juxtaposition of sound and silence in Samuel Beckett’s most influential radio dramas: All That Fall, Embers, Words and Music and Cascando. In the end, this essay will show that the sounds and silence employed in Beckett’s radio dramatic works were inextricably linked, which added to the overall meaning of his dramas. pt
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dc.language.iso eng pt
dc.publisher Edições Universitárias Lusófonas pt
dc.rights openAccess
dc.subject LINGUÍSTICA pt
dc.subject CRÍTICAS LITERÁRIAS pt
dc.subject TEATRO RADIOFÓNICO pt
dc.title A matter of fundamentals : sound and silence in the radio drama of Samuel Beckett pt
dc.type article pt


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