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The Irish Beckett
     

The Irish Beckett

by John P. Harrington
 
This is the first book to explore Samuel Beckett's major works entirely in their Irish intellectual, cultural, and social milieu. It is a rebuttal to the wholly formalistic literary analysis that has dominated Anglo-American criticism of this major writer, whose writings have long been thought to belong completely in the international or transnational contexts of

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This is the first book to explore Samuel Beckett's major works entirely in their Irish intellectual, cultural, and social milieu. It is a rebuttal to the wholly formalistic literary analysis that has dominated Anglo-American criticism of this major writer, whose writings have long been thought to belong completely in the international or transnational contexts of Modernism.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Harrington's study attempts to place Samuel Beckett, the man and the artist, within the contexts of Irish literature and culture. He does so by examining the principal antimonies (place and identity, antecedence and self, collective consciousness and individual desire) present in Beckett's work and by relating them to Irish literary, historical, and social forces. Harrington's arguments are carefully wrought and generally convincing. To fully appreciate them, however, the reader will need a thorough knowledge of Beckett's work and some acquaintance with the social, political, and literary developments in modern Ireland. This is recommended for academic libraries.-- William M. Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
Booknews
Challenges the prevailing critical opinion that contemporary writer Samuel Beckett belongs to an international modernism uninfluenced by his Irish origin. Explores his major works in the context of Irish history, culture, and literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815625285
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1991
Series:
Irish Studies Series
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.92(d)

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