Beckett at 100: Revolving it All

Beckett at 100: Revolving it All


The 12 months 2006 marked the centenary of the start of Nobel-Prize profitable playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett. To commemorate the party, this assortment brings jointly twenty-three major foreign Beckett students from ten international locations, who tackle the centenary problem of "revolving it all": that's, going "back to Beckett"-the identify of an prior research by way of critic Ruby Cohn, to whom the ebook is dedicated-in order to reconsider conventional readings and theories; supply new contexts and institutions; and re-evaluate his effect at the smooth mind's eye and legacy to destiny generations.

These unique essays, such a lot first offered by way of the Samuel Beckett operating team on the Dublin centenary party, are divided into 3 sections: (1) considering via Beckett, (2) moving views, and (3) Echoing Beckett. As again and again in his canon, photos precede phrases. The ebook opens with stills from movies of experimental filmmaker Peter Gidal and unpublished excerpts from Beckett's 1936-37 German commute Diaries, provided by means of Beckett biographer James Knowlson, with permission from the Beckett property.

Renowned director and theatre theoretician Herbert Blau follows together with his own Beckett "thinking through." Others partially I discover Beckett and philosophy (Abbott), the affects of Bergson (Gontarski) and Leibniz (Mori), Beckett and autobiography (Locatelli), and Agamben on post-Holocaust testimony (Jones). Essays partially II recontextualize Beckett's works relating to iconography (Moorjani), movie theoretician Rudolf Arnheim (Engelberts), Marshall McLuhan (Ben-Zvi), exilic writing (McMullan), Pierre Bourdieu's literary box (Siess), romanticism (Brater), social theorists Adorno and Horkheimer (Degani-Raz), and function concerns (Rodríguez-Gago). half III relates Beckett's writing to that of Yeats (Okamuro), Paul Auster (Campbell), Caryl Churchill (Diamond), William Saroyan (Bryden), Minoru Betsuyaku and Harold Pinter (Tanaka) and Morton Feldman and Jasper Johns (Laws). eventually, Beckett himself turns into a personality in different playwrights' works (Zeifman). Taken jointly those essays make a transparent case for the demanding situations and rewards of considering via Beckett in his moment century.

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