The International Reception of Samuel Beckett

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Matthew Feldman, Mark Nixon
Bloomsbury Academic, Jul 7, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 309 pages
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Over the last decade, Samuel Beckett's popularity has rocketed around the world and he is increasingly recognised as one of the most important and influential writers of the twentieth century but there has been very little scholarly work on Beckett's reception outside Europe. This comprehensive volume brings together essays from leading critics on Beckett's international critical reception. Due to Beckett's linguistic and artistic abilities, he was intimately involved in the translation and production of his writings in German, French, English and Spanish; and consequently countries using these languages have sophisticated critical traditions. However, many other countries have adopted Beckett as their own, from places where he lived for lengthy periods of his life (England, France, Ireland and Germany), to those finding directly applicable political messages in his work (such as ex-Soviet states including the Czech Republic and Romania), and those countries whose national literary traditions bear heavily upon his work (e.g. Norway and Italy). This fascinating volume reveals Beckett's evolving critical reception from contemporary reviews to the present.

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Mark Nixon is Lecturer in English at the University of Reading, UK, where he is alsothe Director of the Beckett International Foundation. Matthew Feldman is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Northampton, UK.

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