Samuel Beckett: Laughing Matters, Comic Timing

Samuel Beckett: Laughing Matters, Comic Timing

by Laura Salisbury
     
 

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Reads Beckett's comic timing as part of a post-war ethics of representation

Samuel Beckett is a funny writer. He is also an author whose work is taken to respond ethically to the unspeakable seriousness of the post-Holocaust situation. How can these two statements sit together?

Ranging widely over Beckett's fiction, drama and critical writings, and including

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Reads Beckett's comic timing as part of a post-war ethics of representation

Samuel Beckett is a funny writer. He is also an author whose work is taken to respond ethically to the unspeakable seriousness of the post-Holocaust situation. How can these two statements sit together?

Ranging widely over Beckett's fiction, drama and critical writings, and including readings of Murphy, the Trilogy, Waiting for Godot, Endgame, the late prose and the late plays, this book demonstrates that it is through Beckett's comic timing that we can understand the double gesture of his art: the ethical obligation to represent the world how it is while, at the same time, opening up a space for how it ought to be.

Key Features:

Presents innovative readings of the comedy found in Beckett's fiction, drama and critical writings
Spans Beckett's entire oeuvre, using published and unpublished sources
Engages with recent and contemporary philosophical approaches to literature, including work by Derrida, Badiou, Levinas, and Adorno
Makes a unique contribution to theoretical work on comedy and laughter
Provides a rigorous introduction to the theoretical debates surrounding the relationship between modernist literature and a post-war ethics of representation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781474401401
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2015
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Dr Laura Salisbury is RCUK Research Fellow in Science, Technology, and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London. She works on modernist and contemporary literature and on the relationship between science, philosophy and culture. Her major new research project is a study of the relationship between neurological conceptions of language, modernism, and modernity.

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