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Beckett, Technology and the Body

Beckett, Technology and the Body

by Ulrika Maude
     
 

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Critics have often focused on interiority in Beckett's works, privileging the mind over the body. In this intriguing approach, the first sustained analysis of embodiment in Beckett's prose, drama and media works, Ulrika Maude argues that physical and sensory experience is in fact central to the understanding of Beckett's writing. In innovative readings of sight,

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Critics have often focused on interiority in Beckett's works, privileging the mind over the body. In this intriguing approach, the first sustained analysis of embodiment in Beckett's prose, drama and media works, Ulrika Maude argues that physical and sensory experience is in fact central to the understanding of Beckett's writing. In innovative readings of sight, hearing, touch and movement in the full range of Beckett's works, Ulrika Maude uncovers the author's effort to shed light on embodied experience, paying attention to Beckett's interests in medicine and body-altering technologies such as prostheses. Through these material, bodily concerns Beckett explores wider themes of subjectivity and experience, interiority and exteriority, foregrounding the inextricable relationship between the body, the senses and the self. This important study offers a fascinating approach to Beckett, one in which the body takes its rightful place alongside the mind.

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"Maude offers a remarkable re-evaluation of the role of the body – in terms of both embodiment and disembodiment – in Beckett’s oeuvre. By masterfully combining close readings of the works with relevant philosophical concepts, [She] has provided a compelling analysis of the topic and has challenged the reader to reconsider, from a different perspective, the relevance of bodily functions and of sensory impressions in Beckett....The book’s strong merit, however, is to offer new compelling perspectives on the bodily nature of Beckett’s work and its emphasis on the incarnate nature of subjectivity. It is a welcome contribution to Beckettian criticism and, especially in its last chapter, it provides fertile reflection on the interconnection of science and literature in Beckett’s aesthetics."
-Federico Sabatini, University of Turin, British Society for Literature and Science

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521181501
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2011
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Ulrika Maude is Senior Lecturer in Modernism and Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Bristol. She has published widely on modernist literature and technology, medicine, science and theories of embodiment, and is co-editor of Beckett and Phenomenology (2009) and The Body and the Arts (2009). She is currently co-editing The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature and The Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature, both forthcoming in 2015, and completing two monographs, on Beckett and medicine, and modernism and medical culture.

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