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Against reason : Schopenhauer, Beckett and the aesthetics of irreducibility

Author: Anthony Barron; Matthew Feldman
Publisher: Stuttgart, Germany : Ibidem-Verlag, [2017] ©2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Anthony Barron explores the relationship between the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the forms and themes of Beckett's critical and creative writings. He shows that Beckett's aesthetic preoccupations are consonant with some of Schopenhauer's seminal arguments regarding the arational basis of artistic composition and appreciation and the impotence of reason in human affairs. While Beckett's critical writings are, in  Read more...
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Named Person: Arthur Schopenhauer; Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett; Arthur Schopenhauer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Barron; Matthew Feldman
ISBN: 9783838211251 3838211251
OCLC Number: 987628546
Description: xxiii, 380 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The Aesthetics of Ambiguity --
Torture by Thought and Trial by Living --
This Strange World --
Antinomies of Unmarried Love --
Lacerated With Curiosity --
Words Inane / Thought Inane.
Responsibility: Anthony Barron ; with a foreword by Matthew Feldman.

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Anthony Barron explores the relationship between the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the forms and themes of Beckett's critical and creative writings. He shows that Beckett's aesthetic preoccupations are consonant with some of Schopenhauer's seminal arguments regarding the arational basis of artistic composition and appreciation and the impotence of reason in human affairs. While Beckett's critical writings are, in places, formidably opaque, this work examines the ways in which such texts can be elucidated when their intertextual affinities with Schopenhauer's arguments are revealed. Using Schopenhauer's thought as a presiding interpretative framework, Barron demonstrates how the widespread presence of philosophical and theological ideas in Beckett's creative texts signifies less about his personal convictions than it does about his authorial aims. He thereby highlights the ways in which discursive ideas were appropriated and manipulated by Beckett for purely literary ends -- Back cover.

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