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The focus of this discussion of Beckett and play will be on D. W. Winnicott's theories of childhood play and his contention that play continues as creative activity in adult life. I will be relating his ideas to Wolfgang Iser's theories on reader response. This will lead to a consideration of Malone at play, in the roles of narrator, creator and protagonist in Malone Dies, and the ways in which playing involves the reader, not only in the creative activity he describes, but also in the experience of his dying.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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