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Surreal Beckett : Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Surrealism

Author: Alan Warren Friedman
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Surreal Beckett situates Beckett's writings within the context of James Joyce and Surrealism, distinguishing ways in which Beckett forged his own unique path, sometimes in accord with, sometimes at odds with, these two powerful predecessors. Beckett was so deeply enmeshed in Joyce's circle during his early Paris days (1928 - late 1930s) that James Knowlson dubbed them his "Joyce years." But Surrealism and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Samuel Beckett; James Joyce; Samuel Beckett; James Joyce
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Warren Friedman
ISBN: 9781315102580 1315102587 9781351592505 1351592505
OCLC Number: 1001233991
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF
Contents: Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Figures; Abbreviations; Acknowledgments; Preface: Surreal Beckett; 1 Surrealism's Origins and Evolution; 2 Joycean Connections; 3 Surrealist Connections; 4 Beckett and Visual Art; 5 Dreams, Birth, and Beyond; 6 Voice, Narrative, and Identity; Appendix 1: Beckett and Surrealism: A Chronology; Appendix 2: Imaging Beckett; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Responsibility: Alan Warren Friedman.

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"Surreal Beckett situates Beckett's writings within the context of James Joyce and Surrealism, distinguishing ways in which Beckett forged his own unique path, sometimes in accord with, sometimes at odds with, these two powerful predecessors. Beckett was so deeply enmeshed in Joyce's circle during his early Paris days (1928 - late 1930s) that James Knowlson dubbed them his "Joyce years." But Surrealism and Surrealists rivaled Joyce for Beckett's early and continuing attention, if not affection, so that Raymond Federman called 1929-45 Beckett's "surrealist period." Considering both claims, this volume delves deeper into each argument by obscuring the boundaries between theses differentiating studies. These received wisdoms largely maintain that Beckett's Joycean connection and influence developed a negative impact in his early works, and that Beckett only found his voice when he broke the connection after Joyce's death. Beckett came to accept his own inner darkness as his subject matter, writing in French and using a first-person narrative voice in his fiction and competing personal voices in his plays. Critics have mainly viewed Beckett's Surrealist connections as roughly co-terminus with Joycean ones, and ultimately of little enduring consequence. Surreal Beckett argues that both early influences went much deeper for Beckett as he made his own unique way forward, transforming them, particularly Surrealist ones, into resources that he drew upon his entire career. Ultimately, Beckett endowed his characters with resources sufficient to transcend limitations their surreal circumstances imposed upon them."--Provided by publisher.

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