Beckett and Aesthetics

Beckett and Aesthetics

by Daniel Albright

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Beckett and Aesthetics by Daniel Albright

As a young man, Samuel Beckett (1906-89) hoped that writing could provide psychic authenticity and true representation of the physical world. Instead, he found himself immersed in artificialities and self-enclosed word games. Daniel Albright argues that Beckett sought escape through allegories of artistic frustration and the art of non-representation and estrangement. Albright depicts Beckett experimenting with the concept that an artistic medium might be made to speak. Engaging with radio, film, television, prose and drama, Albright's Beckett becomes a sophisticated theorist of the very notion of the aesthetic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521829083
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 179
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Daniel Albright is Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard University. He is the author of many books on music and modernist literature, including Quantum Poetics: Yeats, Pound, Eliot, and the Science of Modernism (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Untwisting the Serpent: Modernism in Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts (2000) and Modernism and Music: An Anthology of Source Materials (2003).

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