Since Beckett

Contemporary Writing in the Wake of Modernism

Author: Peter Boxall

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441100679

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Samuel Beckett is widely regarded as 'the last modernist', the writer in whose work the aesthetic principles which drove the modernist project dwindled and were finally exhausted. And yet despite this, it is striking that many of the most important contemporary writers, across the world, see their work as emerging from a Beckettian legacy. So whilst Beckett belongs, in one sense, to the end of the modernist period, in another sense he is the well spring from which the contemporary, in a wide array of guises, can be seen to emerge. Since Beckett looks at a number of writers, in different national and political contexts, tracing the way in which Beckett's writing inhabits the contemporary, while at the same time reading back through Beckett to the modernist and proto-modernist forms he inherited. In reading Beckett against the contemporary in this way, Peter Boxall offers both a compelling re-reading of Beckett, and a powerful new analysis of contemporary culture.

The New Samuel Beckett Studies

Author: Jean-Michel Rabaté

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108471854

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Discusses the most recent advances in the Beckett field and the new methods used to approach it.

The Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature

Author: Ulrika Maude,Mark Nixon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1780935005

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 576

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In this book, leading international scholars explore the major ideas and debates that have made the study of modernist literature one of the most vibrant areas of literary studies today. The Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature offers a comprehensive guide to current research in the field, covering topics including: · The modernist everyday: emotion, myth, geographies and language scepticism · Modernist literature and the arts: music, the visual arts, cinema and popular culture · Textual and archival approaches: manuscripts, genetic criticism and modernist magazines · Modernist literature and science: sexology, neurology, psychology, technology and the theory of relativity · The geopolitics of modernism: globalization, politics and economics · Resources: keywords and an annotated bibliography

Beckett's literary legacies

Author: Matthew Feldman,Mark Nixon

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 235

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Featuring twelve chapters on a range of novelists, poets and dramatists, Beckett's Literary Legacies is the first volume dedicated to charting the truly global influence of Samuel Beckett upon contemporary literature. To do this, editors Feldman and Nixon have included studies of both internationally recognised authors (Auster, Muldoon, Celan) and lesser-known figures within Anglophone scholarship (Laederach, Mayracker)'all of whom reveal a demonstrable indebtedness to Beckett's art. With this criteria to hand, case studies, no less than their respective contributors, reflect the international reception of Beckett's revolutionary artistic project: from Japan (Oe), the United States (DeLillo) and South Africa (Coetzee) to France (Blanchot) and Britain (Kane) and, of course, Ireland (Banville).In addition to finding that Beckett's shadow is a long and indeed diffuse one, commentators here also stress the challenge his oeuvre presents to authors writing alongside and after him: reflexivity and literary abstraction, radical stoicism and structural innovation; all of these are recurring themes the 1969 Nobel Laureate has engendered. While the list of 'legacees' is exhaustive and by no means limited to literature, as the only study to date covering this often paradoxical, always fascinating subject, Beckett's Literary Legacies offers a sustained exploration of Samuel Beckett's burgeoning artistic legacy.From the introduction:'Through wide-ranging example, contributors to this volume have undertaken analyses of Beckett's influence on major international writers, most of whom are still alive and at work forging their own literary legacies. As for Beckett's, the authors surveyed here find that legacy to be both philosophically rich and artistically challenging. And Beckett scholars of similarly global breadth consider Beckett's art to be a truly revolutionary one, pushing at the very boundaries of literature. What follows is the first sustained attempt to gauge the literary impact of that project, [...] for the majority of the critics and their respective case studies here, Beckett's influence represents an apparent schism in the Western literary canon, one perceived to be an artistic challenge no less than a literary liberation from representation'however well-disguised the latter may be.'