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1st Edition

Samuel Beckett

ISBN 9780582298071
Published September 27, 1999 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

 Bringing together seminal writings on Beckett from the 1950s and 1960s with critical readings from the 1980s and 1990s, this collection is inspired by a wide variety of literary-theoretical approaches and covers the whole range of Beckett's creative work. Following an up-to-date review and analysis of Beckett criticism, fifteen extracts of Beckett criticism are introduced and set in context by editors' headnotes. The book aims to make easily accessible to students and scholars stimulating and innovative writing on the work of Samuel Beckett, representing the wide range of new perspectives opened up by contemporary critical theory: philosophical, political and psychoanalytic criticism, feminist and gender studies, semiotics, and reception theory.

Table of Contents

Contents  Acknowledgements  Editors' Note  Introduction  Part One : Political Criticism  1. Theodor W. Adorno Trying to Understand Endgame  2. Stephen Watt Beckett by Way of Baudrillard : Toward a Political Reading of Samuel Beckett's Drama  3. Patricia Coughlan 'The Poetry is Another Pair of Sleeves' : Beckett, Ireland and Modernist Lyric Poetry  Part Two : Literature/Philosophy  4. Georges Bataille Molloy's Silence  5. Maurice Blanchot Where now? Who now?  6. Leslie Hill The Trilogy Translated  Part Three : Deconstruction  7. Steven Connor Voice and Mechanical Reproduction : Krapp's Last Tape, Ohio Impromptu, Rockaby, That Time  8. Thomas Trezise Dispossession  Part Four : Psychoanalytic Criticism  9. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari Disiring - Production : The Schizo's Stroll  10. David Watson The Fictional Body ; Le Depeupleur  11. Daniel Katz 'Alone in the Accusative' : Beckett's Narcissistic Echoes  Part Five : Reader Reception  12. Wolfgang Iser The Art of Failure: The Stifled Laugh in Beckett's Theater  Part Six : Semiotics  13. Carla Locatelli Comic Strategies in Beckett's Narratives  Part Seven : Feminism/Gender  14. Julia Kristeva The Father, Love and Banishment  15. Linda Ben-Zvi Not I : Through a Tube Starkly  Glossary  Notes on Authors  Further Reading  Index

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Jennifer Birkett is Emeritus Professor of French Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Kate Ince is Reader in French Film and Gender Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.