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Late Modernist Style in Samuel Beckett and Emmanuel Levinas (New Interpretations of Beckett in 21st C)

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The works of contemporary émigrés in Paris, Samuel Beckett and Emmanuel Levinas, represent two of the most significant responses to the challenges of expression following the Second World War. They were both outspokenly critical of artistic and philosophical endeavour, producing writing that staked its value on the acknowledgement of its inability to express itself adequately. As such, this monograph will argue that, rather than representing a 'violently singular and personal point of view' as was suggested of Beckett in 1949, his work can be understood afresh in the light of his proximity to that of the 20th century philosopher Levinas.

Synopsis:

Beckett and Levinas are of central importance to critical debates about literary ethics. Rather than suggest the presence of literary and ethical value in the wake of the Second World War, this book argues that both thinkers waged a sustained attack on the principles of literature, weaving narrative and descriptive doubt through phenomenology, prose, and drama. Peter Fifield uses conceptual and rhetorical figures shared by Beckett and Levinas - such as the face, the trace, re-commencement, hyperbole, the saying and the said - to address a wide range of texts by both authors, arguing for a Levinasian manner of reading that is distinctly non-ethical.

About the Author

Peter Fifield is a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, University of Oxford, UK. He is the editor of the Samuel Beckett Society newsletter, The Beckett Circle, and was the co-editor of a special issue of Modernism/Modernity on Samuel Beckett and the archive. He is currently working on a project addressing the ills of literature in modernist writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I

1. Writing against Art

2. A Reluctant Poetics

PART II

3. "why after all not say without further ado what can later be unsaid" (Company)

4. "begin again all over more or less in the same place or in another" (How It Is)

5. The Turn to Hyperbole

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137294074
Author:
Fifield, Peter
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Books & Reading
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Beckett and Levinas are of central importance to critical debates about literary ethics. Rather than suggest the presence of literary and ethical value in the wake of the Second World War, this book argues that both thinkers waged a sustained attack on the principles of literature, weaving narrative and descriptive doubt through phenomenology, prose, and drama. Peter Fifield uses conceptual and rhetorical figures shared by Beckett and Levinas - such as the face, the trace, re-commencement, hyperbole, the saying and the said - to address a wide range of texts by both authors, arguing for a Levinasian manner of reading that is distinctly non-ethical.
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