Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Synopsis

Samuel Beckett's work forever changed the concepts of literature and theatre. His work remains a core part of introductory courses on literary history, drama, theatre or performance and also features in more specialist modules such as Modernism or The Absurd. Samuel Beckettis a comprehensive introduction to his life and work as well as an outline of the critical issues surrounding his work. This guidebook leaves judgements up to the student by explaining the full range of often very different critical views and interpretations and offers guides to further reading in each area discussed.

Excerpt

Samuel Beckett is generally regarded as one of the finest artists of the twentieth century. His work revolutionised our understanding of the nature and potential of both literature and drama, and provided some of the most resonant images of human existence in a troubled and confused historical period. This book brings together for the first time accessible discussions of Beckett’s life and times, his work and the critical literature that he has inspired.

The book covers Beckett’s early life and work as a young man adrift between his original home in Ireland, London and Paris; the various influences, both literary and cultural, that shaped his writing; the importance of his war-time experiences; and the period (1946– 1953) during which he wrote the works which made him famous. It also contains a comprehensive account of the critical debates that have surrounded Beckett’s work: the influence of Cartesian and existential philosophy; the influence of theoretical discussions, such as deconstruction and psychoanalytic criticism, on the reception of his work.

Samuel Beckett has been designed to offer readers an accessible, upto-date and comprehensive introduction to this key figure in literary and dramatic history.

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