"Iconic Spaces" looks at Samuel Beckett's mature theatrical work as a displaced theology of the icon. Sandra Wynands rejects conventional existentialist or nihilist interpretations of Beckett's work, arguing instead that beneath the text, in the depths of language and being, Beckett creates an absolutely irreducible, transcendent space. She traces a nondual model of perception and experience through a selection of Beckett's art-critical and dramatic works, focusing in particular on four minimalist plays: "Catastrophe", "Not I", "Quad", and "Film". "Iconic Spaces" makes an important contribution to scholars and students of literature, philosophy, theatre studies, and religion by giving them an exciting new way of reading and experiencing Beckett's work.
Sandra Wynands is an instructor in the department of English at Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, Canada. She has published a number of articles and reviews on religion and literature.