Samuel Beckett's Plays on Film and Television / Edition 1

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This is the first comprehensive study of Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett's innovative work for the screen. Samuel Beckett's Plays on Film and Television provides meticulous analysis of every play Beckett wrote, directed, or adapted for the screen. Herren studies Beckett's use of "memory machines"--technological media for channeling personal, cultural, philosophical, and artistic ghosts from the past. Having conjured these ghosts, Beckett "decomposes" them in order to recompose them for distinctly innovative use. Herren traces this countraditional approach to tradition as Beckett's signature style for film and television. The book concludes with a consideration of the Beckett on Film project, where Herren defends the vital need for creative freedom in future productions of Beckett's plays. With this publication, the film and television plays can now assume their rightful place alongside Beckett's remarkable fiction and stage plays, collectively constituting one of the most innovative artistic achievements of the twentieth century.

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“This is a quality study on a neglected aspect of a major artist’s work, and it has reach beyond a group of narrow specialists in Beckett. Clearly written and cogently argued, Herren reaches far beyond the television plays as he develops their interconnectedness both to the radio plays themselves and to Beckett’s one film.”--S. E. Gontarski, Sarah Herndon Professor of English; Editor, Journal of Beckett Studies
"An excellent contribution to the field and should benefit even those Beckett admirers who have little interest in his television plays. Herren provides a fascinating context for the progression of Beckett's work in television over several decades, deftly handles the daunting cultural and theoretical background required to understand Beckett's themes and allusions, and repeatedly employs clever turns of phrase, frequently relying on antithesis to sharpen his rhetoric."--Theatre Survey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403977953
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Graley Herren is Associate Professor of English at Xavier University, where he specializes in Modern Drama and Modern Irish Literature. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Cathy and their son Dylan.

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Table of Contents

Beckett's Memory Machines * Slouching Toward Television: Beckett's Apprenticeship in Mechanical Media * "The best's to come": Suicidal Fantasy in Eh Joe * Decomposing and Recomposing Ghost Trio * Beckett's Double-Vision of Yeats in …but the clouds…* Quadrat I + II: Eff It with Color * The Unanswered Prayers of Nacht und Träume
Comédie, Was Wo, and the Challenges for Screen Adaptation

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