The absurd as a representation: towards a hermeneutics of the inexplicable (the problematic case of Godot)

Krystyna Rybińska


This article attempts to re-signify the already extensively discussed conception of the absurd attributed to the aesthetic phenomenon presented by the so-called theatre of the absurd by critically reconsidering its paradigmatic work Waiting for Godot in relation to philosophical hermeneutics (Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur). The fact that Beckett’s artistic method invalidates the transparency of the mirror-like relation between reality and art is known, and yet the potential theoretical consequences of such a literary revolution do not seem to have been exhausted - particularly in respect to the category of the absurd. Hence, the presented inquiry aims to view the phenomenon quite against its common conceptualizations derived from existentialist philosophy in order to indicate a possible route of exploring it from a hermeneutic perspective and thereby challenging, to some extent, Simon Critchley’s (2004: 165) famous assertion that Beckett’s oeuvre seems “uniquely resistant to philosophical interpretation”.
Author Krystyna Rybińska (FL)
Krystyna Rybińska ,,
- Faculty of Languages
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Journal seriesStudia Anglica Posnaniensia. An International Review of English Studies, ISSN 0081-6272, e-ISSN 2082-5102, (B 14 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.95
Keywords in Englishabsurd, hermeneutics, truth, Beckett, representation
ASJC Classification1203 Language and Linguistics; 1208 Literature and Literary Theory; 3310 Linguistics and Language
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); with publication
Score (nominal)14
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ScoreMinisterial score = 14.0, 05-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.442
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