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Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love

Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love

by John Keller
     
 

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This study is about the central place of the emotional world in Beckett's writing. Stating that Beckett is "primarily about love", John Keller makes a radical re-assessment of his influence and immense popularity. The book examines numerous Beckettian texts, arguing that they embody a struggle to remain in contact with a primal sense of internal goodness, one

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This study is about the central place of the emotional world in Beckett's writing. Stating that Beckett is "primarily about love", John Keller makes a radical re-assessment of his influence and immense popularity. The book examines numerous Beckettian texts, arguing that they embody a struggle to remain in contact with a primal sense of internal goodness, one founded on early experience with the mother. Writing itself becomes an internal dialogue, in which the reader is engaged, between a “narrative-self” and a mother.

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"John Keller has written a book that threw more light onto the Beckettian murk...for this reader...than has been available before. The readings...are highly convincing and in places quite stunning. Beckett Studies...will never be quite the same again." -- Lance Butler, Universite de Pau

"Keller utterly convinces the reader of his basic, fundamental premise that Beckett’s work is ‘primarily about love’. This is an astounding conclusion which will change the nature of Beckett Studies. [This book] is a significant intervention and a work of true originality." -- Shane Murphy, Co-ordinator, Irish and Scottish Studies Programme, University of Aberdeen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719063138
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

John Keller is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto.

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