Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett's work forever changed the concepts of literature and theatre. His work remains a core part of introductory courses on literary history, drama, theatre or performance and also features in more specialist modules such as Modernism or The Absurd. Samuel Beckett is a comprehensive introduction to his life and work as well as an outline of the critical issues surrounding his work. This guidebook leaves judgements up to the student by explaining the full range of often very different critical views and ...
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Overview

Samuel Beckett's work forever changed the concepts of literature and theatre. His work remains a core part of introductory courses on literary history, drama, theatre or performance and also features in more specialist modules such as Modernism or The Absurd. Samuel Beckett is a comprehensive introduction to his life and work as well as an outline of the critical issues surrounding his work. This guidebook leaves judgements up to the student by explaining the full range of often very different critical views and interpretations and offers guides to further reading in each area discussed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415202541
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication date: 11/23/2000
  • Series: Routledge Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
Abbreviations and referencing xi
Introduction 1
Part I Life and Contexts 3
(a) The early years: 1906-1927 5
(b) The young writer: 1928-1939 11
(c) War and Watt: 1939-1946 27
(d) 'The Siege in the Room': 1945-1953 30
(e) Fame: 1953-1969 35
(f) Last years: 1970-1989 43
Further reading 48
Part II Work 49
(a) The early prose: 1929-1945 51
(i) 'Assumption' to More Pricks than Kicks 51
(ii) Murphy 57
(iii) Watt 60
Further reading 62
(b) Beckett's post-war work: 1945-1960 63
(i) The turn to monologue 63
(ii) Mercier and Camier and the Nouvelles 64
(iii) The Trilogy 66
(iv) Eleutheria and Waiting for Godot 73
(v) Endgame 76
(vi) Post-Endgame drama 78
(vii) Post-Trilogy prose and How It Is 80
(viii) Happy Days 82
Further reading 84
(c) The later work: 1960-1989 84
(i) Experiments in prose 85
(ii) Experiments in theatre 88
(iii) Experiments in radio, film and television 93
(iv) Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho and Stirrings Still 94
Further reading 97
(d) Beckett the poet 98
Further reading 100
Part III Criticism 101
(a) Beckett the Cartesian: 1959-1969 105
(b) The Beckett industry: 1970-1980 125
(i) General studies 126
(ii) Prose 136
(iii) Drama/theatre 139
(iv) Philosophical/theoretical studies 144
(v) Poetry/media/other studies 150
(c) Theoretical Beckett: 1980-1995 152
(i) Structuralism, post-structuralism and postmodernism 154
(ii) Feminist criticism 171
(iii) Psychoanalytic/mythic criticism 175
(iv) Humanist/introductory/miscellaneous criticism 180
(d) Recent criticism: 1995- 194
(e) Biographical studies 198
Further reading 202
Chronology 203
Bibliography 206
Index 214
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