"Worse than the Pantomime ... The Circus ... The Music Hall": Spurious Freemasonry, Ritual Parody and Initiatory Trauma in Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot'

By Lynn P. Brunet.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper examines Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' in the light of Masonic Royal Arch rites.

Keywords: Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot, Masonic Order, Ritual Abuse

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.41-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.803MB).

Lynn P. Brunet

Lynn Brunet is the Program Convenor for Fine Art at the Ourimbah campus of the University of Newcastle. She is a lecturer in Art History and Theory and a practising artist. Her research examines the co-existence of traumatic themes and Masonic content in the work of modern and contemporary artists. It examines these artists' works in the light of recent research into cult practices that suggests that Masonic rites have been incorporated into the ritual abuse of children. Her PhD thesis (still under examination) argues that these themes may be found within the work of some of the West's key artists. Currently, she is undertaking a comparative analysis between the art of Francis Bacon and the plays and novels of Samuel Beckett in the light of Masonic Royal Arch rites.


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