Beckett and Decay

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The word 'decay' is often used by critics in general reference to Beckett's thematic emphasis and philosophical outlook. However, this book explores the idea of decay as the fundamental core of Beckett's work, dominating it thematically, linguistically and artistically. Kathryn White examines Beckett's representation of physical decay, mental and spritual deterioration and finally the idea that 'decay' is to be found in language itself. This study explores the importance of both theme and form in Beckett's work ...
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Overview

The word 'decay' is often used by critics in general reference to Beckett's thematic emphasis and philosophical outlook. However, this book explores the idea of decay as the fundamental core of Beckett's work, dominating it thematically, linguistically and artistically. Kathryn White examines Beckett's representation of physical decay, mental and spritual deterioration and finally the idea that 'decay' is to be found in language itself. This study explores the importance of both theme and form in Beckett's work and considers whether Beckett will, in future generations, be remembered both for his representation of existence and his innovations in language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441115126
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/22/2011
  • Series: Continuum Literary Studies, #180
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn White is Part Time Lecturer at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I Physical Decay

1 The Body Infirm 9

2 Old Age: The Dictatorship of Time 22

3 The Decaying Landscape 33

4 Moribund Man: Beckett and Death 45

Pt. II Mental Decline and Spiritual Attrition

5 The Trap of Memory 61

6 Tired Minds 73

7 Perceptions of Insanity 83

8 'I Can't Go On, I'll Go On': The Ebbing Spirit 96

Pt. III Death of the Word

9 Minimalism and Reductionism: Advancing Towards Lessness 109

10 Dramaticules 119

11 The Miniaturist of the Word: The Shorter Prose 131

12 Voices, Ghosts, Silence: Into Nothingness 142

Conclusion 153

Notes 156

Bibliography 161

Index 165

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