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Samuel Beckett : laughing matters, comic timing

Author: Laura Salisbury
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ranging widely over Beckett's fiction, drama and critical writings, the book demonstrates that it is through Beckett's comic timing that we can understand the double gesture of his art: the ethical obligation to represent the world how it is while, at the same time, opening up a space for how it ought to be.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett; Samuel Beckett
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Salisbury
ISBN: 9780748647484 0748647481 9781474401401 1474401406
OCLC Number: 790555723
Description: viii, 253 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Critical joking. The early prose ; Superiority, sarcasm, scholarship ; The loutishness of learning ; Diminishing laughing returns ; Art vs. Book-keeping ; S/M: scholarship and mimicry ; Critical timing --
Gagging in the Trilogy. Gagging for It ; Partial incorporation ; An obligation to express ; Tiring desire ; Toilet training, resistant material ; Nihil in intellectu --
Power playing in Endgame. Perhaps ; Unhappiness: nothing funnier ; Playing for time ; The play of the audience ; Just play ; Dialectics at a standstill --
Comic tremors: The late prose ; Embers and ashes ; Imagination at wit's end ; Ill saying, ill Said ; Ill seeing --
Slapstick echoes: The late plays. Limping gags ; Deadpan demands ; Gravity and levity ; 'Kindly tune accordingly' ; 'Like something out of Beckett' ; Conclusion.
Responsibility: Laura Salisbury.

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