Samuel Beckett: History, Memory, Archive

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

EditorSeán Kennedy

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This volume comprises ten essays challenging the dominant account of Samuel Beckett’s engagement with history. As the first full-length volume to address the historical debate in Beckett studies, Samuel Beckett: History, Memory, Archive provides both ground-breaking analysis of the major works as well as a sustained interrogation of the critical assumptions that underpin Beckett studies more generally. Drawing on a range of archival materials, and situating Beckett in historical context, these essays pose a strong challenge to the prevailing critical consensus that he was a deracinated modernist who cannot be read historically.

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This volume comprises ten essays challenging the dominant account of Samuel Beckett’s engagement with history. As the first full-length volume to address the historical debate in Beckett studies, Samuel Beckett: History, Memory, Archive provides both ground-breaking analysis of the major works as well as a sustained interrogation of th...

Seán Kennedy is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Mary’s University.  Katherine Weiss is Assistant Professor of English at East Tennessee State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.34 × 5.7 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619444

ISBN - 13:9780230619449

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Beckett in History, Memory, Archive--Seán Kennedy and Katherine Weiss * Between Gospel and Prohibition: Beckett in Nazi Germany 1936-1937--Mark Nixon * Beckett’s “Brilliant Obscurantics”: Watt and the Problem of Propaganda--James McNaughton * “Faintly Struggling Things”: Trauma, Testimony and Inscrutable Life in Beckett’s The Unnamable--Alysia Garrison * Beckett’s Theatre "After Auschwitz"--Jackie Blackman * Samuel Beckett, the Archive, and the Problem of History--Robert Reginio * Archives of the End: Embodied History in Beckett’s Plays--Jonathan Boulter * “Humanity in Ruins”: The Historical Body in Beckett’s Fiction--Katherine Weiss * Does Beckett Studies Require a Subject? Mourning Ireland in the Texts for Nothing--Seán Kennedy * Writing Relics: Mapping the Composition History of Beckett’s Endgame--Dirk Van Hulle * "Agnostic Quietism" and Samuel Beckett’s Early Development--Matthew Feldman

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“The essays in this collection, individually and collectively, revitalize Beckett Studies with a fresh transfusion of new ideas. The authors successfully recuperate the Historical Beckett—an artist attuned to, engaged with, and indeed produced by his history.”—Graley Herren, Associate Professor of English, Xavier University