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題名:Coercion and Docility in Samuel Beckett’s Rough for Radio II and What Where
作者:Tzu-Ching Yeh
期刊名稱:Tamkang Review
發表頁數:pp. 73-89
摘要:This article considers Foucault’s disciplinary power to unravel complex dynamics of power through the exercise of explicit violence in Samuel Beckett’s obscure plays Rough for Radio II and What Where. The discussion is twofold: first, I shall explore how coercion is employed in both Rough for Radio II and What Where, and how coercive devices, such as correct training, torture, or interrogation, demand obedience from the subjugated body for manipulation and control. The enforcement of coercion yields docility, and aids in its production; therefore, I shall discuss Foucauldian productivity subsequently. If disciplinary power aims to acquire knowledge, then relieving Fox of his animality to restore his memory in Rough for Radio II, or producing a confession for the subjugated characters in What Where would be the targeted production of power. Thus, I examine how both plays obtain (or fail to obtain) intelligibility from the subjugated in the employment of power. It is hoped that the attempt to interlace Foucault’s theory with Beckett’s work to explore complex relations in the tension of power, may contribute to reading these plays in a different light.
英文關鍵字:Rough for Radio II, What Where, Beckett, Foucault, coercion, docility