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Strange Bedfellows

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Material Information

Title: Strange Bedfellows Toward a Unified Analysis of Beckett and Shepard
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Hughes, Brian
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Beckett, Samuel
Sheppard, Sam
Absurdism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Critics such as Stephen J. Bottoms and Marc Robinson have labeled Sam Shepard as the heir to Samuel Beckett. This claim, however, is somewhat complicated by Shepard's refusal to admit having ever read Beckett. My thesis is first aimed at establishing and solidifying this connection. Both Beckett and Shepard share concern for mankind's search for meaning and solace in a world where religion, the social order, and science have all, in one way or another, proved lacking. Both playwrights agree: man feels isolated and superfluous in this big, silent, universe. Humanity seeks to escape itself, to transcend its individuality and loneliness, and genuinely connect with something larger than itself In their examination of mankind's quest for significance, both playwrights give special consideration to family, time, and myth. These three tropes, the playwrights demonstrate, factor prominently into humankind's search for meaning. All three are paths humans take in the quest to transcend their isolated, mundane, existences. However, it is here that the playwrights part philosophically, and my thesis takes up its second aim. While Beckett considers man's quest for meaning a fool's errand, with no possible reward save self-delusion, Shepard believes that mankind can, in fact, escape from our lonely sense of individuality into something larger and more meaningful. Each chapter of this thesis addresses one of these three paths to enlightenment, examining how each playwrights' characters seek to annihilate their subjective selves in their quest for meaning. In keeping with the playwrights' basic philosophical differences, this thesis also examines why a given character is able, or unable, to find meaning in the world provided by his/her respective playwright.
Statement of Responsibility: by Brian Hughes
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Myhill, Nova

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 H89
System ID: NCFE003241:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003241/00001

Material Information

Title: Strange Bedfellows Toward a Unified Analysis of Beckett and Shepard
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Hughes, Brian
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Beckett, Samuel
Sheppard, Sam
Absurdism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Critics such as Stephen J. Bottoms and Marc Robinson have labeled Sam Shepard as the heir to Samuel Beckett. This claim, however, is somewhat complicated by Shepard's refusal to admit having ever read Beckett. My thesis is first aimed at establishing and solidifying this connection. Both Beckett and Shepard share concern for mankind's search for meaning and solace in a world where religion, the social order, and science have all, in one way or another, proved lacking. Both playwrights agree: man feels isolated and superfluous in this big, silent, universe. Humanity seeks to escape itself, to transcend its individuality and loneliness, and genuinely connect with something larger than itself In their examination of mankind's quest for significance, both playwrights give special consideration to family, time, and myth. These three tropes, the playwrights demonstrate, factor prominently into humankind's search for meaning. All three are paths humans take in the quest to transcend their isolated, mundane, existences. However, it is here that the playwrights part philosophically, and my thesis takes up its second aim. While Beckett considers man's quest for meaning a fool's errand, with no possible reward save self-delusion, Shepard believes that mankind can, in fact, escape from our lonely sense of individuality into something larger and more meaningful. Each chapter of this thesis addresses one of these three paths to enlightenment, examining how each playwrights' characters seek to annihilate their subjective selves in their quest for meaning. In keeping with the playwrights' basic philosophical differences, this thesis also examines why a given character is able, or unable, to find meaning in the world provided by his/her respective playwright.
Statement of Responsibility: by Brian Hughes
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Myhill, Nova

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 H89
System ID: NCFE003241:00001

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