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By John Kerrigan

Seventeenth-century 'English Literature' has lengthy been considered in narrowly English phrases. Archipelagic English corrects this via devolving anglophone writing, exhibiting how a lot awesome paintings was once produced in Wales, Scotland, and eire, and the way preoccupied such English authors as Shakespeare, Milton, and Marvell have been with the customarily fraught interactions among ethnic, spiritual, and nationwide teams round the British-Irish archipelago. This publication transforms our knowing of canonical texts from Macbeth to Defoe's Colonel Jack, however it additionally indicates the importance of a complete sequence of authors (from William Drummond in Scotland to the Earl of Orrery in County Cork) who have been well-known in the course of their lifetimes yet who've given that turn into ignored simply because they don't healthy the Anglocentric paradigm. With its ecu and imperial dimensions, and its shut cognizance to the cultural makeup of early smooth Britain and eire, Archipelagic English authoritatively engages with, questions, and develops the declare now made by way of historians that the crises of the 17th century stem from the instabilities of a state-system which, among 1603 and 1707, was once a number of, combined, and susceptible to permit neighborhood quarrels spiral into all-consuming clash. it is a significant, interdisciplinary contribution to literary and old scholarship that's additionally set to persuade present-day arguments approximately devolution, unionism, and nationalism in Britain and eire.

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Why do we demand that things mean? Why do we insist on creating meaning out of the nothingness of being? Why are we unable to accept, as Pozzo suggests, that we live only in a now, that we may in fact be blind to this moment, unable to see it for what it really is? Why are we unable to accept, to quote one of the most famous lines of the play, that we ‘give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more’ (82)? 18 Waiting for Godot thus finally is a play not about the absence of meaning, is not about the messiah who fails to appear, is not about the absent God: it is about asking us about our desire for such things and the difficult realization that we create meaning in the face of nothingness, to stave off that nothingness.

These characters live in a corpsed world of compromised ethics and agonized relationships and all look back—impossibly—to what has been lost. More precisely, the past, as we see in especially Hamm’s central narrative, is a time, a place, where significant ethical action could have been enacted (this conditional tense is crucial) but was not. I will not reduce Beckett’s favorite play to an easy moral lesson but surely one of the things Hamm’s repeated and habitual return to the past suggests is that to live in regret, in nostalgia without consolation, is the purest form of despair.

Toilet not belonging to the world of the play. In the second act Vladimir pushes Estragon toward the 38 WAITING FOR GODOT AND ENDGAME auditorium where he catches sights of the audience and ‘recoils in horror’ (66). Much as the protagonist in Beckett’s Film suffers from ‘the anguish of perceivedness’ (163), Estragon is horrified at the idea of his existence being confirmed, perhaps even articulated, by an audience. Vladimir complains of having been ‘better entertained’ (32) by the actors on stage and, perhaps like the actual audience, grows bored: ‘I begin to weary of this motif’ (76).

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