Samuel Beckett in Context

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Anthony Uhlmann
Cambridge University Press, Feb 28, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 456 pages
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When Samuel Beckett first came to international prominence with the success of Waiting for Godot, many critics believed the play was divorced from any recognizable context. The two tramps, and the master and servant they encounter, seemed to represent no one and everyone. Today, critics challenge the assumption that Beckett aimed to break definitively with context, highlighting images, allusions, and motifs that tether Becket's writings to real people, places, and issues in his life. This wide-ranging collection of essays from 37 renowned Beckett scholars reveals how extensively Beckett entered into dialogue with important literary traditions and the realities of his time. Drawing on his major works, as well as on a range of letters and theoretical notebooks, the essays are designed to complement each other, building a broad overview that will allow students and scholars to come away with a better sense of Beckett's life, writings, and legacy.
 

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Contents

Childhood and Portora
7
john Filling
29
S E Gontarsei
42
19061945
65
Circa 19361937
99
19451989
126
Dublin Paris London
139
PostWorld War TWo Paris
160
2I Italian Literature
241
Contemporary Visual Art
255
Cinema
279
Philosophy
301
The Bible
324
The Occult
337
Language and Representation
361
33 Theatre Forms
381

Staging Plays
173
Working on Film and Television
192
lrish Literature
205
English Literature
218
Initial Reception
397
Notebooks and Other Manuscripts
417
Index
441
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Anthony Uhlmann is Professor of Literature and Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of a number of books on Samuel Beckett including Beckett and Poststructuralism (1999) and Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image (2006).

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