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The Beckett studies reader

Author: S E Gontarski
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For fifteen years the journal of Beckett Studies attracted (and maintained the loyalty of) superb Beckett scholars. Because of the journal's irregular publication schedule, however, back issues of the original series are virtually impossible to come by. This collection makes available for the first time in book form those essays of exceptional merit that have never been reprinted.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Beckett studies reader.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1993
(DLC) 92039423
(OCoLC)27013465
Named Person: Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: S E Gontarski
ISBN: 081302255X 9780813022550
OCLC Number: 47009651
Description: 1 online resource (238 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The Journal of Beckett studies, the first fifteen years : an introduction / S.E. Gontarski --
Beckett's Proust / John Pilling --
"Birth astride of a grave" : Samuel Beckett's Act without words I / S.E. Gontarski --
Belacqua as artist and lover : "what a misfortune" / Jeri L. Kroll --
Watt : language as interdiction and consolation / Thomas J. Cousineau --
Murphy's metaphysics / James Acheson --
Embers : an interpretation / Paul Lawley --
The orphic mouth in Not I / Katherine Kelly --
Jung and the "Molloy" narrative / J.D. O'Hara --
"Imagination dead imagine" : the imagination and its context / James Hansford --
Watt : music, tuning and tonality / Heath Lees --
Quoting from Godot : trends in contemporary French theater / Anne C. Murch --
"Imaginative transactions" in "La Falaise" / James Hansford --
Beckett and the temptation of solipsism / Ileana Marcoulesco.
Responsibility: edited by S.E. Gontarski.
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Abstract:

For fifteen years the journal of Beckett Studies attracted (and maintained the loyalty of) superb Beckett scholars. Because of the journal's irregular publication schedule, however, back issues of the original series are virtually impossible to come by. This collection makes available for the first time in book form those essays of exceptional merit that have never been reprinted.

Samuel Beckett is one of the stellar figures in post-World War II English and European literature. This collection contains fresh perspectives on such fundamental themes in his work as the idea of the "absurd," the Manichean tension of light and dark, and the Cartesian split of mind and body, self and other. Specific essays offer, for instance, an existential reading of the short mime Act Without Words, I; an analysis of the Jungian libido operating in the novel Molloy; a study of Beckett's play with language in the radio play Embers; and a critique of a central question in Beckett studies, his relationship to the philosophical tradition of solipsism.

In 1992, Florida State University made a commitment to regular publication of the JBS in a new series under S.E. Gontarski's editorship. This collection offers important essays from the first phase of the journal (1976-91).

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