Alienation fuels imagination

Beckett, Bowie, and how to reframe reality

Our most-loved artists create alien spaces which help them reframe reality. This alienation resulting from the artist being silenced by existing societal norms defines their creativity and opens up new possibilities beyond the normal, as Professor Rodney Sharkey argues using the examples of David Bowie and Samuel Beckett.


Both Samuel Beckett and David Bowie's creative processes are defined by the effects of alienation, as both felt silenced by normative modes or representation. To express themselves fully, Beckett and Bowie created alternative or alien spaces which helped them reframe their own realities. In doing so, they were able to transgress hitherto normative social values and incite progress in the political and cultural orders of their present day lives. Furthermore, and for contemporary readers and listeners

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