The International Reception of Samuel Beckett

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Over the last decade, Samuel Beckett's popularity has rocketed around the world and he is increasingly recognised as one of the most important and influential writers of the twentieth century but there has been very little scholarly work on Beckett's reception outside Europe. This comprehensive volume brings together essays from leading critics on Beckett's international critical reception. Due to Beckett's linguistic and artistic abilities, he was intimately involved in the translation and production of his ...

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Overview

Over the last decade, Samuel Beckett's popularity has rocketed around the world and he is increasingly recognised as one of the most important and influential writers of the twentieth century but there has been very little scholarly work on Beckett's reception outside Europe. This comprehensive volume brings together essays from leading critics on Beckett's international critical reception. Due to Beckett's linguistic and artistic abilities, he was intimately involved in the translation and production of his writings in German, French, English and Spanish; and consequently countries using these languages have sophisticated critical traditions. However, many other countries have adopted Beckett as their own, from places where he lived for lengthy periods of his life (England, France, Ireland and Germany), to those finding directly applicable political messages in his work (such as ex-Soviet states including the Czech Republic and Romania), and those countries whose national literary traditions bear heavily upon his work (e.g. Norway and Italy). This fascinating volume reveals Beckett's evolving critical reception from contemporary reviews to the present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826495815
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/3/2009
  • Series: Continuum Reception Studies Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Nixon is Lecturer in English at the University of Reading, UK, where he is alsothe Director of the Beckett International Foundation.

Matthew Feldman is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Northampton, UK.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Notes on Contributors x

Introduction: 'Getting Known' - Samuel Beckett's International Reception Mark Nixon Matthew Feldman 1

1 The Business of Being Beckett: Beckett's Reception in the USA S. E. Gontarski 9

2 Beckett among the Philosophes: The Critical Reception of Samuel Beckett in France Shane Weller 24

3 Beckett's Reception in Great Britain Mary Bryden 40

4 Samuel Beckett's Reception in Ireland Se?n Kennedy 55

5 The Reception of Beckett's Theatre and Television Pieces in West and East Germany Gaby Hartel Klaus V?lker Thomas Irmer 75

6 Shades of Negativity and Self-Reflexivity: The Reception of Beckett in German literary Studies Eckart Voigts-Virchow 97

7 Samuel Beckett's Reception in Australia and New Zealand Russell Smith Chris Ackerley 108

8 The Reception of Samuel Beckett in China Lie Jianxi Mike Ingham 129

9 The Reception of Samuel Beckett in Japan Yoshiki Tajiri Mariko Hori Tanaka 147

10 Samuel Beckett and Poland Marek Kedzierski 163

11 Samuel Beckett in the Low Countries Dirk Van Hulle 188

12 Thinking of 'a Rhyme for "Euganean"?: Beckett in Italy Daniela Caselli 209

13 Beckett's Nordic Reception Ulrika Maude 234

14 Samuel Beckett behind the Iron Curtain: The Reception in Eastern Europe Octavian Saiu 251

15 A Long Time Coming: The Critical Response to Samuel Beckett in Spain and Portugal Jos? Francisco Fernandez 272

Index 291

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