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Author Tubridy, Derval, author

Title Samuel Beckett and the language of subjectivity / Derval Tubridy
Published Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (x, 221 pages)
Contents Introduction -- 1 The old credentials -- Watt -- 2 This cursed first person -- The Unnamable -- Not I -- 3 No knowing not said -- How it is -- What Where -- 4 Whom else -- Footfalls -- Rockaby -- Ill Seen Ill Said -- 5 Rare flickers -- Company -- Conclusion
Summary "Samuel Beckett and the Language of Subjectivity is the first sustained exploration of aporia as a vital, subversive, and productive figure within Beckett's writing as it moves between prose and theatre. Informed by key developments in analytic and continental philosophies of language, Tubridy's fluent analysis demonstrates how Beckett's translations--between languages, genres, bodies, and genders--offer a way out of the impasse outlined in his early aesthetics. The primary modes of the self's extension into the world are linguistic (speaking, listening) and material (engaging with bodies, spaces and objects). Yet what we mean by language has changed in the 21st century. Beckett's concern with words must be read through the information economy in which contemporary identities are forged. Derval Tubridy provides the groundwork for new insights on Beckett in terms of the posthuman: the materialist, vitalist and relational subject cathected within differential mechanisms of power"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-217) and index
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Subject Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 -- Language.
Language and languages -- Philosophy.
Subjectivity in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1108626645 (electronic bk.)
9781108626644 (electronic bk.)