Demented Particulars

Author: Chris Ackerley
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748686575
Release Date: 2010-09-07
Genre: Literary Criticism

Demented Particulars offers a detailed annotation of Samuel Beckett's first published novel, Murphy. This page by page account of the often unexpected details (literary, philosophical, theological, biographical and other) that went into the making of this

Beckett Derrida and the Event of Literature

Author: Asja Szafraniec
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804754578
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Business & Economics

The late Jacques Derrida’s notion of literature is explored in this new study. Starting with Derrida’s self-professed inability to comment on the work of Samuel Beckett, whom Derrida nevertheless considered one of the most interesting and exemplary writers of our time, Asja Szafraniec argues that the shared feature of literary works as Derrida understands them is a double, juridical-economical gesture, and that one aspect of this notion (the juridical) is more hospitable to Beckett’s oeuvre than the other. She then discusses other contemporary philosophical approaches to Beckett, including those of Gilles Deleuze, Stanley Cavell, and Alain Badiou. The book offers an innovative analysis of Derrida’s approach to literature, as well as an overview of current philosophical approaches to contemporary literature, and a number of innovative readings of Beckett’s work.

A Beckett Canon

Author: Ruby Cohn
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472111906
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Literary Criticism

An indispensable guide to the oeuvre of Samuel Beckett, spanning sixty years

Beckett s Dedalus

Author: Peter John Murphy
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802097965
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Literary Criticism

Paying close attention to the extensive network of allusions Beckett derived from Joyce's writing, P.J. Murphy reveals how Beckett consistently echoed and engaged in dialogue with Joyce's works.

Beckett and Death

Author: Steven Barfield
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826498359
Release Date: 2009-12-26
Genre: Literary Criticism

A collection of research by leading international scholars on Beckett, as well as younger academics, analysing a number of Beckett's poems, plays and short stories through consideration of mortality and death.

Oscillation in Literary Modernism

Author: John Francis Harty
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 3631593937
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Literary Criticism

While the two modernist novels considered in this book, Samuel Beckett's "Murphy "and Malcolm Lowry's "Under the Volcano," were initially understood within the categories of stoic and tragic despair, more recent criticism has focused upon their carnivalesque dimension. The identification of these hermeneutic polarities presented the author with the challenging problem which underlies the present analysis, namely the question concerning the structural relationship between the contesting thematics. Drawing upon the paradigm of oscillation as established within the natural sciences, and adding a figurative dimension to the concept, the author has adapted this model as a key to unravelling the narrative buoyancy and structural coherence which sustain these novels of Modernism. The book elucidates how the carnivalesque challenge to despair contributes towards innovative narrative configurations, galvanizing the thematic antipodes into vertiginous microcosms of defiant selfhood.

Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts

Author: S. E. Gontarski
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748675692
Release Date: 2014-02-28
Genre: Literary Criticism

A landmark collection showcasing the diversity of Samuel Beckett's creative output The 35 original chapters in this Companion capture the continued vitality of Beckett studies in drama, music and the visual arts and establish rich and varied cultural contexts for Beckett's work world-wide. As well as considering topics such as Beckett and science, historiography, geocriticism and philosophy, the volume focuses on the post-centenary impetus within Beckett studies, emphasising a return to primary sources amid letters, drafts, and other documents. Major Beckett critics such as Steven Connor, David Lloyd, Andrew Gibson, John Pilling, Jean-Michel Rabate, and Mark Nixon, as well as emerging researchers, present the latest critical thinking in 9 key areas: Art & Aesthetics; The Body; Fiction; Film, Radio & Television; Global Beckett; Language / Writing; Philosophy; Reading; and Theatre & Performance. Edited by eminent Beckett scholar S. E. Gontarski, the Companion draws on the most vital, ground-breaking research to outline the nature of Beckett studies for the next generation.

Samuel Beckett s German Diaries 1936 1937

Author: Mark Nixon
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781441152589
Release Date: 2011-06-23
Genre: Literary Criticism

Authority is something we experience every day, but is it necessary? Many think that it is not, and that it exists only as a remedy for some defect in us. Victor Lee Austin sets about exploring the higher and nobler functions of authority, and in doing so reveals its human importance as more than simply a provision for human inadequacies. A significant contribution to Christian anthropology, the book illuminates an indispensable feature of human sociality: the need for, and the good provided by, authority. In enabling us to do more complex activities, to gain and communicate understanding of the world around us and to flourish in political communities, authority ultimately leads us to enjoy God. Victor Lee Austin makes a unique contribution to political theology by deliberating the ways that authority functions both socially and epistemologically. The field of ecclesiology is also enriched by the book's discussion of authority as at once necessary and fallible. Those interested in the work of Michael Polanyi, Yves Simon, or Oliver O'Donovan will find these authors brought into the broader conversation about authority in an engaging way.

T S Eliot The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land

Author: C J Ackerley
Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks
ISBN: 9781847600158
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

‘Prufrock’ is as fresh today as when it was first written, and, for better or worse, The Waste Land remains the celebrated poem of its age, … a text that may be venerated, despised, rejected or enjoyed, but not ignored. Contents: Part 1: Before The Waste Land. Part 2: ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’. Part 3: The Waste Land - including The Role of Ezra Pound; The Dramatic Consciousness; The Mythic Consciousness; The Epigraph. Part 4: A Commentary on The Waste Land. Part 5: Bibliography. Part 6: Hyperlinked texts — a valuable compendium of the key works Eliot quotes or alludes to in The Waste Land

The Many Lives of Galileo

Author: Dougal McNeill
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 3039105361
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Performing Arts

"The Many Lives of Galileo" is a Marxist study of the development of Bertolt Brecht's great play "Galileo" on the English stage. Tracing various translations of Brecht's original, and the historical and political moments surrounding these translations, Dougal McNeill examines how, across the distances of culture, history and language, "The Life of Galileo" has come to figure so prominently in the life of English-language theatre. The translations and productions of "Galileo" by Charles Laughton, Howard Brenton and David Hare are examined, in a method combining close reading with an attention to broader social contexts, with an eye to uncovering their implications for drama in performance. Brecht valued re-creation, re-invention and re-telling as much as creation itself. In this book the author applies Brecht's aesthetic to translations of his own work, following Laughton, Brenton and Hare as they set themselves the task of rewriting Brecht and, in the process, use him to comment on their own eras.

A Companion to Samuel Beckett

Author: S. E. Gontarski
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781405158695
Release Date: 2010-03-08
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Irish writer, dramatist, and poet Samuel Beckett is widely recognized as one of the most important literary figures of our time. In 2006 the numerous worldwide events celebrating the centenary of Beckett's birth were a striking testament to the importance of his works. These events served also as confirmation of the Nobel Prize-winning author's continued relevance in the 21st century. In fact, an intense proliferation of new international scholarship has led to a complete reassessment of Beckett's thoughts and works. Taking full advantage of this recent growth in Beckett studies, and its accompanying wealth of newly released archival sources, "A Companion to Samuel Beckett" provides a comprehensive critical reappraisal of the literary works of Samuel Beckett. Informed by the latest theoretical debates, this important new volume features a collection of original essays by a distinguished team of leading Beckett scholars, including two highly regarded biographers. Authoritative and insightful, the Companion is a valuable addition to contemporary Beckett scholarship.