J.M. Synge and Samuel Beckett: Irish Theatre and Philosophical Traditions
Two of the most different, but also most accomplished and important Irish playwrights were J,M. Synge (a co-founder of the Abbey Theatre) and Samuel Beckett (the usually France-based author of ‘Waiting for Godot,’ among much else).
I have brought these two authors together in a comparative study framed around their shared descent from Early Modern Irish philosophy on the subject of vision (and, blindness) as it registers in two of their works, with special reference to the scholarship of Dr. Einat Adar.
The article cane be found here, and forms the latest installment of my Irish literature coverage on my Substack newsletter, the Traveller’s Literary Suppllicant (TLS).