The World of Samuel Beckett 1906 1946

The World of Samuel Beckett  1906 1946

In this provocative book, Lois Gordon offers a new perspective on Beckett, challenging the prevalent image of him as reclusive, self-absorbed, and disturbed.

Author: Lois Gordon

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300074956

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 250

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Samuel Beckett, whose play Waiting for Godot was one of the most influential works for the post-World War II generation, has long been identified with the debilitated and impotent characters he created. In this provocative book, Lois Gordon offers a new perspective on Beckett, challenging the prevalent image of him as reclusive, self-absorbed, and disturbed. Gordon investigates the first forty years of Beckett's life and finds that he was, on the contrary, a kind and generous man who responded sensitively and even heroically to the world around him. Gordon describes the various places and events that affected Beckett during this formative period: war-torn Dublin during the Easter Uprising and World War I, where he spent his childhood and student days; Belfast and Paris in the 1920s and London during the Depression, where he lived and worked; Germany in 1937, where he traveled and witnessed Hitler's brutal domestic policies; prewar and occupied France, where he was active in the Resistance (for which he was later decorated); and the war-ravaged town of Saint-L� in Normandy, which he helped to restore following the liberation. Gordon also portrays the individuals who were important to Beckett, including Jack B. Yeats, Alfred P�ron, Thomas McGreevy, and, most significantly, James Joyce, who was a model for Beckett personally, artistically, and politically. Gordon argues convincingly that Beckett was very much aware of the political and cultural turmoil of this period and that the enormously creative works he wrote after World War II can, in fact, be viewed as a product of and testament to those tumultuous times.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Condemned to Life

Condemned to Life

Author: Alice Hamilton

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans

ISBN: 080281655X

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Page: 232

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The World of Samuel Beckett 1906 1946

The World of Samuel Beckett  1906 1946

In this provocative book, Lois Gordon offers a new perspective on Beckett, challenging the prevalent image of him as reclusive, self-absorbed, and disturbed.

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ISBN: 0300143443

Category: Authors, French

Page: 250

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Samuel Beckett, whose play Waiting for Godot was one of the most influential works for the post-World War II generation, has long been identified with the debilitated and innocent characters he created. In this provocative book, Lois Gordon offers a new perspective on Beckett, challenging the prevalent image of him as reclusive, self-absorbed, and disturbed. Gordon investigates the first forty years of Beckett's life and finds that he was, on the contrary, a kind and generous man who responded sensitively and even heroically to the world around him. Gordon describes the various places and events that affected Beckett during this formative period: war-torn Dublin during the Easter Uprising and World War I, where he spent his childhood and student days; Belfast and Paris in the 1920s and London during the Depression, where he lived and worked; Germany in 1937, where he traveled and witnessed Hitler's brutal domestic policies; prewar and occupied France, where he was active in the Resistance (for which he was later decorated); and the war-torn town of Saint-Lo in Normandy, which he helped to restore following the liberation. Gordon also portrays the individuals who were important to Beckett: including Jack B. Yeats, Alfred Peron, Thomas McGreevy, and, most significantly, James Joyce, who was a model for Beckett personally, artistically, and politically. Gordon argues convincingly that Beckett was very much aware of the political and cultural turmoil of this period and that the enormously creative works he wrote after World War II can, in fact, be viewed as a product of and testament to those tumultuous times.
Categories: Authors, French

Samuel Beckett and the Second World War

Samuel Beckett and the Second World War

Gontarski, S. E. (1985), The Intent of Undoing in Samuel Beckett's Dramatic Texts, Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Gordon, L. (1998), The World of Samuel Beckett, 1906–1946, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Author: William Davies

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350106857

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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In the wake of the Second World War, Samuel Beckett wrote some of the most significant literary works of the 20th century. This is the first full-length historical study to examine the far-reaching impact of the war on Beckett's creative and intellectual sensibilities. Drawing on a substantial body of archival material, including letters, manuscripts, diaries and interviews, as well as a wealth of historical sources, this book explores Beckett's writing in a range of political contexts, from the racist dogma of Nazism and aggressive traditionalism of the Vichy regime to Irish neutrality censorship and the politics of recovery in the French Fourth Republic. Along the way, Samuel Beckett and the Second World War casts new light on Beckett's political commitments and his concepts of history as they were formed during Europe's darkest hour.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Translating Samuel Beckett around the World

Translating Samuel Beckett around the World

[they] create their own Beckett archive' ('Reinventing Beckett', in Gontarski 2016, Beckett Matters: Essays on Beckett's ... One should mention O Parto de Godot e Outras Encenações Imaginárias (Ramos, 1999); Samuel Beckett: o Silêncio ...

Author: José Francisco Fernández

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030717308

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 263

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The global reception of Samuel Beckett raises numerous questions: in which areas of the world was Beckett first translated? Why were Beckett texts sometimes slow to penetrate certain cultures? How were national literatures impacted by Beckett's oeuvre? Translating Samuel Beckett around the World brings together leading researchers in Beckett studies to discuss these questions and explore the fate of Beckett in their own societies and national languages. The current text provides ample coverage of the presence of Beckett in geographical contexts normally ignored by literary criticism, and reveals unknown aspects of the 1969 Nobel Prize winner interacting with translators of his work in a number of different countries.
Categories: Performing Arts

Samuel Beckett as World Literature

Samuel Beckett as World Literature

D. Van Hulle and S. Weller, Journal of Beckett Studies, 19 (2): 157–78. Apter, E. (2013), Against World Literature: On the Poetics of Untranslatability, London: Verso. Beckett, S. (1985), What Where, dir. Samuel Beckett, SDR.

Author: Thirthankar Chakraborty

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501358821

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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The essays in this collection provide in-depth analyses of Samuel Beckett's major works in the context of his international presence and circulation, particularly the translation, adaptation, appropriation and cultural reciprocation of his oeuvre. A Nobel Prize winner who published and self-translated in both French and English across literary genres, Beckett is recognized on a global scale as a preeminent author and dramatist of the 20th century. Samuel Beckett as World Literature brings together a wide range of international contributors to share their perspectives on Beckett's presence in countries such as China, Japan, Serbia, India and Brazil, among others, and to flesh out Beckett's relationship with postcolonial literatures and his place within the 'canon' of world literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Unwording the World

Unwording the World

This volume will be of particular value to scholars and students of twentieth­-century English literature, French literature, and literary theory .

Author: Carla Locatelli

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512808865

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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This comprehensive study of Beckett's art proposes a doubly contextualized reading of his later works: Carla Locatelli reads late Beckett through his previous writings, and relates them to the literary, philosophical, and critical community which surrounds him. To appreciate his contribution as an epistemological rhetorician, she proposes a multidisciplinary approach that draws upon a remarkably wide range of theorists, including Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Peirce, Jakobson, Deleuze, Lacan, and Derrida. In Part One of this study, Locatelli traces the evolution of Beckett's writing, proposing that his principal concern devolves more and more upon the essential character of representation and its role in the constitution and signification of the subject. Part One also provides a history of this thematic, showing how Beckett's writing effects a radical displacement of representation from function to object of discourse. In Part Two, Locatelli focuses on Beckett's fiction after the Nobel Prize of 1969 , and on the epistemological and aesthetic issues in Company (1980), ill seen ill said (1981), and Worstward Ho (1983). She examines his "unwording" in this "Second Trilogy," and defines it as a process of subtraction that probes into the most basic mode of our being in the world. Here Beckett proposes, as Locatelli suggests , a very real hermeneutics of experience, beyond the "schools of suspicion" which are still influencing some postmodernist thinking. This volume will be of particular value to scholars and students of twentieth­-century English literature, French literature, and literary theory .
Categories: Literary Criticism

The World of Samuel Beckett

The World of Samuel Beckett

Author: Joseph H. Smith

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015019598047

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

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Categories: Literary Criticism

Watt

Watt

It shares their sense of a world in crisis, their profound awareness of the paradoxes of being, and their distrust of the rational universe. Watt tells the tale of Mr Knott's servant and his attempts to get to know his master.

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571266944

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Written in Roussillon during World War Two, while Samuel Beckett was hiding from the Gestapo, Watt was first published in 1953. Beckett acknowledged that this comic novel unlike any other 'has its place in the series' - those masterpieces running from Murphy to the Trilogy, Waiting for Godot and beyond. It shares their sense of a world in crisis, their profound awareness of the paradoxes of being, and their distrust of the rational universe. Watt tells the tale of Mr Knott's servant and his attempts to get to know his master. Watt's mistake is to derive the essence of his master from the accidentals of his being, and his painstakingly logical attempts to 'know' ultimately consign him to the asylum. Itself a critique of error, Watt has previously appeared in editions that are littered with mistakes, both major and minor. The new Faber edition offers for the first time a corrected text based on a scholarly appraisal of the manuscripts and textual history.
Categories: Fiction

How It Is

How It Is

Together with Molloy, How It Is counts for many readers as Beckett's greatest accomplishment in the novel form.

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571266869

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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Published in French in 1961, and in English in 1964, How It Is is a novel in three parts, written in short paragraphs, which tell (abruptly, cajolingly, bleakly) of a narrator lying in the dark, in the mud, repeating his life as he hears it uttered - or remembered - by another voice. Told from within, from the dark, the story is tirelessly and intimately explicit about the feelings that pervade his world, but fragmentary and vague about all else therein or beyond. Together with Molloy, How It Is counts for many readers as Beckett's greatest accomplishment in the novel form. It is also his most challenging narrative, both stylistically and for the pessimism of its vision, which continues the themes of reduced circumstance, of another life before the present, and the self-appraising search for an essential self, which were inaugurated in the great prose narratives of his earlier trilogy. she sits aloof ten yards fifteen yards she looks up looks at me says at last to herself all is well he is working my head where is my head it rests on the table my hand trembles on the table she sees I am not sleeping the wind blows tempestuous the little clouds drive before it the table glides from light to darkness darkness to light Edited by Edouard Magessa O'Reilly
Categories: Fiction

Samuel Beckett and trauma

Samuel Beckett and trauma

'A Sense of Unending: Samuel Beckett's Eschatological Turn', Samuel Beckett: Today/Aujourd'hui 21, 135–49. ... The Faber Companion to Samuel Beckett. London: Faber and Faber. ... 'Playing at the End of the World: Postmodern Theater'.

Author: Mariko Hori Tanaka

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526121363

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

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Samuel Beckett and trauma is the first book that specifically addresses the question of trauma in Beckett, taking into account the recent rise of trauma studies in literature. Beckett is an author whose works are strongly related to the psychological and historical trauma of our age. His works not only explore the multifarious aspects of trauma but also radically challenge our conception of trauma itself by the unique syntax of language, aesthetics of fragmentation, bodily malfunctions and the creation of void. Instead of simply applying current trauma theories to Beckett, this book provides new perspectives that will expand and alter them by employing other theoretical frameworks in literature, theatre, art, philosophy and psychoanalysis. It will inspire anybody interested in literature and trauma, including specialists and students working on twentieth-century world literature, comparative studies, trauma studies and theatre /art.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Theology of Samuel Beckett

Theology of Samuel Beckett

Beckett's works also explored philosophy and the imaginative world of Dante and Milton, as well as the theories of Darwin and scientific speculation, in order to create a literature that investigates human destiny more deeply and originally ...

Author: John Calder

Publisher: Alma Books

ISBN: 9780714545554

Category: Religion

Page: 129

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Like all the greatest writers, Samuel Beckett was primarily interested in discovering the meaning and purpose of life and of the world into which we are born. Knowledgeable about the religion his family and education instilled in him, which as an adult he could neither accept nor reject, he used it extensively in his novels, plays and poetry. Beckett's works also explored philosophy and the imaginative world of Dante and Milton, as well as the theories of Darwin and scientific speculation, in order to create a literature that investigates human destiny more deeply and originally than any other writer had done before.In this, his second book about the essence and depth of Samuel Beckett's thinking and literary art, John Calder analyses the dualism of Beckett's theological writing, his debt to the Gnostics, Manichaeism and Geulincx in particular, the presence of ghosts in his work, and why his late writing has received so little attention compared to the early and middle periods. It will open up the much underestimated Beckett to deeper understanding and provide enjoyment to the many who have become convinced that this once derided author is one of the major literary figures of his time.
Categories: Religion

The Collected Shorter Plays

The Collected Shorter Plays

"---Jonathan Kalb, The New York Times A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Samuel Beckett is recognized as one of the pivotal geniuses of modern literature.

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802144386

Category: Drama

Page: 318

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"[Beckett] never set out to be a revolutionary but rather to investigate the particular advantages of theater for his characteristic meditations on being, dubious presence, seriocomic desolation, and the artistic imperative to `fail again, fail better.' In the process, though, he ended up turning the theater world---famously liberal politically yet notoriously conservative regarding received forms---on its head."---Jonathan Kalb, The New York Times A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Samuel Beckett is recognized as one of the pivotal geniuses of modern literature. He was a minimalist master and produced some of his most highly regarded work for the stage in the form of the short play. This complete and definitive collection of twenty-five plays and "playlets" includes Beckett's celebrated Krapp's Last Tape, Embers, Cascando, Play, Eh Joe, Not I, and Footfalls, as well as his mimes, all his radio and television plays, his screenplay for Film, his adaptation of Robert Pinget's The Old Tune, and shorter dramatic works written later in his life, Catastrophe, What Where, Quad, and Nacht und Traume (Night and Dreams). "I think there are perhaps four playwrights of the twentieth century that we could not have done without: Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht, and Beckett. I think if you've got those four, you've got the century covered." ---Edward Albee "After Godot, plots could be minimal, exposition expendable, characters contradictory, settings unlocalized, and dialogue unpredictable. Blatant farce could jostle tragedy."---Ruby Cohn
Categories: Drama

Samuel Beckett s More Pricks Than Kicks

Samuel Beckett s  More Pricks Than Kicks

As More Pricks was coming into the world – it was to be publishedjust over a fortnight later, on 24 May 1934 – the book obviously remained mired, in Beckett's mind, in the dualities and contradictions which had ultimately enabled it to ...

Author: John Pilling

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441159472

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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An in-depth study of Samuel Beckett's first published book of fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Locatelli, Carla (1990) Unwording the World: Samuel Beckett's Prose Works After the Nobel Prize. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. McCabe, John (1978) Charlie Chaplin. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Author: Laura Salisbury

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748647491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Reads Beckett's comic timing as part of a post-war ethics of representationSamuel Beckett is a funny writer. He is also an author whose work is taken to respond ethically to the unspeakable seriousness of the post-Holocaust situation. How can these two statements sit together?Ranging widely over Beckett's fiction, drama, and critical writings, and including readings of Murphy, the Trilogy, Waiting for Godot, Endgame, the late prose, and the late plays, the book demonstrates that it is through Beckett's comic timing that we can understand the double gesture of his art: the ethical obligation to represent the world how it is while, at the same time, opening up a space for how it ought to be.Key Features:* Presents innovative readings of the comedy found in Beckett's fiction, drama and critical writings* Spans Beckett's entire oeuvre, using published and unpublished sources* Engages with recent and contemporary philosophical approaches to literature, including work by Derrida, Badiou, Levinas, and Adorno* Makes a unique contribution to theoretical work on comedy and laughter* Provides a rigorous introduction to the theoretical debates surrounding the relationship between modernist literature and a post-war ethics of representation
Categories: Literary Criticism

Samuel Beckett and the Second World War

Samuel Beckett and the Second World War

This is the first full-length historical study to examine the far-reaching impact of the war on Beckett's creative and intellectual sensibilities.

Author: William Davies

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 1350106836

Category: History

Page: 256

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On his return to Paris at the end of the Second World War, Samuel Beckett went on to write some of the most important literary works of the 20th century. This is the first in-depth historical study to reveal the full extent of the impact of the war on Beckett's writing. Exploring the full range of Beckett's work, from his plays to his fiction and poetry, the book also draws on a substantial body of archival writing, from the German diaries describing his experiences in Nazi Germany, to details of his resistance work in occupied France, his involvement with the Irish Red Cross and his attitudes to Irish neutrality and his return to France after the liberation. Along the way Samuel Beckett and the Second World War casts new light on Beckett's political commitments and his concepts of history as they were formed during Europe's darkest hour.
Categories: History

Still Samuel Beckett s Quietism

Still  Samuel Beckett s Quietism

Into the Big World Nor will they say, Look, here it is! or There it is! For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you. Luke 17:21, New Revised Standard Version Cana of Galilee is one of the most remarkable chapters of The Brothers ...

Author: Wimbush Andy

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783838213699

Category: Philosophy

Page: 290

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In the 1930s, a young Samuel Beckett confessed to a friend that he had been living his life according to an ‘abject self-referring quietism’. Andy Wimbush argues that ‘quietism’—a philosophical and religious attitude of renunciation and will-lessness—is a key to understanding Beckett’s artistic vision and the development of his career as a fiction writer from his early novels Dream of Fair to Middling Women and Murphy to late short prose texts such as Stirrings Still and Company. Using Beckett’s published and archival material, Still: Samuel Beckett’s Quietism shows how Beckett distilled an understanding of quietism from the work of Arthur Schopenhauer, E.M. Cioran, Thomas à Kempis, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and André Gide, before turning it into an aesthetic that would liberate him from the powerful literary traditions of nineteenth-century realism and early twentieth-century high modernism. Quietism, argues Andy Wimbush, was for Beckett a lifelong preoccupation that shaped his perspectives on art, relationships, ethics, and even notions of salvation. But most of all it showed Beckett a way to renounce authorial power and write from a position of impotence, ignorance, and incoherence so as to produce a new kind of fiction that had, in Molloy’s words, the ‘tranquility of decomposition’.
Categories: Philosophy