Date Approved

8-6-2008

Embargo Period

3-23-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Theatre

Department

Theatre & Dance

College

College of Performing Arts

First Advisor

Hostetter, Elisabeth

Subject(s)

Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989--Criticism and interpretation; Digital media--Psychological aspects

Disciplines

Theatre and Performance Studies

Abstract

The Reflection of the Wastelands of Waiting for Godot and Endgame in Electronic Media is a study of the wasteland settings of Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and the Internet according to the method of play analysis established by Bruce McConachie in American Theatre in the Culture of the Cold War: Producing and Contesting Containment, 1947- 1962. Chapter One establishes my justification, methodology, structure, and survey of literature. Chapters Two-Four explore isolation and language, magic, and death in regard to Godot, Endgame, and the Internet, respectively. Chapter Four also briefly concludes the work. This thesis invites spectators to examine Waiting for Godot and Endgame in regard to electronic media, which helps us to understand both Beckett's work and electronic media in a scholarly, theatrical context that discrete analyses could not singularly achieve.

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