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    Beckett and Nothing: Trying to Understand Beckett (Paperback) Edited by Daniela Caselli, Foreword by Terry Eagleton, Contributions by Jonathan Bignell, Contributions by Peter Boxall, Contributions by Enoch Brater, Contributions by Mladen Dolar, Contributions by Matthijs Engelberts, Contributions by Catherine Laws, Contributions by John Pilling, Contributions by Bill Prosser

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    DescriptionBeckett's reception was characterised in its early stages by a sustained attention to nothing as a philosophical concept. Theodor Adorno, however, was quick to argue that Beckett's plays resisted - unlike Sartre's - having their nothing transformed into something. This Beckettian nothing, moreover, is often invested with the aura of the genius, either for eulogical or dismissive purposes. This volume invites its readership to understand the complex ways in which the Beckett canon both suggests and resists turning nothing into something by looking at specific, sometimes almost invisible ways in which 'little nothings' pervade the Beckett canon. The volume has two main functions: on the one hand, it looks at 'nothing' not only as a content but also a set of rhetorical strategies to reconsider afresh classic Beckett problems such as Irishness, silence, value, marginality, politics and the relationships between modernism and postmodernism and absence and presence. On the other, it focuses on 'nothing' in order to assess how the Beckett oeuvre can help us rethink contemporary preoccupations with materialism, neurology, sculpture, music and television. Both advanced students and scholars of Beckett will find the volume of interest. It comprises jargon-free chapters that analyse Beckett's prose, drama, film, television, manuscripts and marginalia. It will prove of interest to advanced students and scholars in English, French, Comparative Literature, Drama, Visual Studies, Philosophy, Music, Cinema and TV studies.


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    Title
    Beckett and Nothing
    Subtitle
    Trying to Understand Beckett
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Daniela Caselli, Foreword by Terry Eagleton, Contributions by Jonathan Bignell, Contributions by Peter Boxall, Contributions by Enoch Brater, Contributions by Mladen Dolar, Contributions by Matthijs Engelberts, Contributions by Catherine Laws, Contributions by John Pilling, Contributions by Bill Prosser
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 292
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 374 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780719087844
    ISBN 10: 0719087848
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    LC classification: PN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25740
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 88
    DC22: 848.91409
    B&T Approval Code: A25833000
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004150, LIT004130
    DC23: 828.91209
    Thema V1.0: DSBH
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    15 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Manchester
    Author Information
    Daniela Caselli is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture in the School of Arts, Histories, and Cultures at the University of Manchester
    Table of contents
    Foreword Terry Eagleton, 'Nothing new' Introduction Daniela Caselli, 'Beckett and nothing: trying to understand Beckett' 1. John Pilling, 'On not being there: going on without in Beckett' 2. Peter Boxall, 'Nothing of value: reading Beckett's negativity' 3. Mladen Dolar, 'Nothing has changed' 4. Stephen Thomson, '"A tangle of tatters": ghosts and the busy nothing in Footfalls 5. Bill Prosser, 'Nothings in particular' 6. Shane Weller, 'Unwords' 7. Jonathan Bignell, 'Into the Void: Beckett's television plays and the idea of broadcasting' 8. Derval Tubridy, 'Beckett, Feldman, Salcedo... Neither' 9. Matthijs Engelberts, 'From Film to literature: theoretical debates and the critical erasure of Beckett's cinema' 10. Catherine Laws, 'Beckett and unheard sound' 11. Russell Smith, 'It's nothing: Beckett and anxiety' 12. Laura Salisbury, '"Something or nothing": Beckett and the matter of language' Coda, Enoch Brater, 'The no-thing that knows no name and the Beckett envelope, blissfully reconsidered' Bibliography Index