Beckett and Aesthetics by Daniel AlbrightBeckett and Aesthetics by Daniel Albright

Beckett and Aesthetics

byDaniel Albright

Hardcover | December 22, 2003

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As a young man, Samuel Beckett (1906-89) hoped that writing could provide psychic authenticity and true representation of the physical world. Instead, he found himself immersed in artificialities and self-enclosed word games. Daniel Albright argues that Beckett sought escape through allegories of artistic frustration and the art of non-representation and estrangement. Albright depicts Beckett experimenting with the concept that an artistic medium might be made to speak. Engaging with radio, film, television, prose and drama, Albright's Beckett becomes a sophisticated theorist of the very notion of the aesthetic.
Title:Beckett and AestheticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:188 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:December 22, 2003Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521829089

ISBN - 13:9780521829083

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Illustrations; Music examples; Introduction: Beckett and surrealism; 1. Stage: resisting failure; 2. Tape recorder, radio, film, television: resisting the human image; 3. Music: losing the will to resist.

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"...an intellectual tour de force that offers a profound and lucid analysis of Beckett's artistic practice. Albright is at ease with the numerous discourses he uses and writes poetically and provocatively. For its elegance, rigour, and insights, Beckett and Aesthetics ought to be required reading for anyone interested in Beckett's drama and performance work." Modern Drama