A Companion to Samuel Beckett / Edition 1

A Companion to Samuel Beckett / Edition 1

by Chris Ackerley
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405158697

ISBN-13: 9781405158695

Pub. Date: 03/15/2010

Publisher: Wiley

A collection of original essays by a team of leading Beckett scholars and two of his biographers, Companion to Samuel Beckett provides a comprehensive critical reappraisal of the literary works of Samuel Beckett.

  • Builds on the resurgence of international Beckett scholarship since the centenary of his birth, and reflects the wealth of newly

Overview

A collection of original essays by a team of leading Beckett scholars and two of his biographers, Companion to Samuel Beckett provides a comprehensive critical reappraisal of the literary works of Samuel Beckett.

  • Builds on the resurgence of international Beckett scholarship since the centenary of his birth, and reflects the wealth of newly released archival sources
  • Informed by the latest in scholarly, critical, and theoretical debates
  • A valuable addition to contemporary Beckett scholarship, and testament to the enduring influence of Beckett’s work and his position as one of the most important literary figures of our time

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405158695
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series , #119
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction 1
S. E. Gontarski

Part I A Life in Letters 11

1 A Writer’s Homes – A Writer’s Life 13
James Knowlson

2 Within a Budding Grove: Publishing Beckett in America 23
S. E. Gontarski

3 Samuel Beckett and Waiting for Godot 32
Lois Gordon

4 Beginning to End: Publishing and Producing Beckett 48
Barney Rosset

Part II Charting Territories 61

5 A Critique of Aesthetic Judgment: Beckett’s “Dissonance of Ends and Means” 63
John Pilling

6 The Legacy of Samuel Beckett: An Anatomy 73
H. Porter Abbott

7 Beckett and Philosophy 84
Anthony Uhlmann

8 Philosophizing with Beckett: Adorno and Badiou 97
Jean-Michel Rabaté

9 Beckett and Ethics 118
Shane Weller

10 Beckett and Germany in the 1930s: The Development of a Poetics 130
Mark Nixon

11 Samuel Beckett and Science 143
C. J. Ackerley

12 A Purgatorial Calculus: Beckett’s Mathematics in “Quad” 164
Brett Stevens

13 Beckett and Obsessional Ireland 182
David Pattie

14 Beckett in French and English 196
Sinéad Mooney

Part III Acts of Fiction 209

15 Beckett the Poet 211
Marjorie Perloff

16 The “Dream” Poems: Poems in Personae 228
Sean Lawlor

17 Figures of Script: The Development of Beckett’s Short Prose and the “Aesthetic of Inaudibilities” 244
Dirk Van Hulle

18 Molloy, or Life without a Chambermaid 263
Patrick A. McCarthy

19 Malone Dies: Postmodernist Masculinity 275
Susan Mooney

20 “The Knowing Non-Exister”: Thirteen Ways of Reading Texts for Nothing 289
S. E. Gontarski and C. J. Ackerley

21 What We Are Given to Mean: Endgame 296
Paul Shields

22 “In the Old Style,” Yet Anew: Happy Days in the “AfterBeckett” 308
William Hutchings

Part IV Acts of Performance 327

23 Beckett’s Production of Waiting for Godot (Warten auf Godot) 329
David Bradby

24 The Seated Figure on Beckett’s Stage 346
Enoch Brater

25 Clowning with Beckett 358
Mary Bryden

26 “Down, all going down ...”: The Spiral Structure of Beckett’s Theater 372
Xerxes Mehta

27 Beckett on Television 389
Graley Herren

28 Staging Beckett in Spain: Theater and Politics 403
Antonia Rodríguez-Gago

Index 416

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