26 December 2009

Nick Mount on Waiting for Godot

“That's how it is on this bitch of an earth.”
-Pozzo in Waiting for Godot
As mentioned in the July issue of Deep Madder Monthly, Beckett's Waiting for Godot is a play that captures the Deep Madder sentiment like very few other things in the world. Here is a lecture on the play given by Nick Mount, presented by the venerable TVO. Mount is one of my favourite professors at University of Toronto, and he gives a very apposite, almost Deep Madderian description of the emotional climate presented by said play. Please at least watch the initial anecdote, like ten minutes or something. It's really interesting.



Blogger Caroline said...

Why does he pronounce it "GAW-doh"? It's so gross.
I especially liked the part about how when Beckett eschewed writing in English, he was freed of all the tradition, baggage, and memory of English literature and how that was projected directly on his characters, their dialogue, and their cultural memory.
After that I got very tired and dozed through the rest, so I'll have to watch it again sometime!

December 30, 2009 at 1:21 AM  

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