The International Reception of Samuel Beckett

The International Reception of Samuel Beckett

by Mark Nixon
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826495815
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
05/03/2009
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 also the Director of the Beckett International Foundation.

Matthew Feldman is Professor in the History of Modern Ideas at Teesside University, UK, and co-director of the Centre for Fascist, Anti-fascist and Post-fascist Studies.

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