The International Reception of Samuel Beckett

Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction: 'Getting Known' – Samuel Beckett's International Reception Mark Nixon and Matthew Feldman 1 The Business of Being Beckett: Beckett's Reception in the USA S. E. Gontarski 2 Beckett ...


Author: Mark Nixon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441160027

Category: Literary Criticism

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Over the last decade, Samuel Beckett's popularity has rocketed around the world and he is increasingly recognised as one of the most important and influential writers of the twentieth century but there has been very little scholarly work on Beckett's reception outside Europe. This comprehensive volume brings together essays from leading critics on Beckett's international critical reception. Due to Beckett's linguistic and artistic abilities, he was intimately involved in the translation and production of his writings in German, French, English and Spanish; and consequently countries using these languages have sophisticated critical traditions. However, many other countries have adopted Beckett as their own, from places where he lived for lengthy periods of his life (England, France, Ireland and Germany), to those finding directly applicable political messages in his work (such as ex-Soviet states including the Czech Republic and Romania), and those countries whose national literary traditions bear heavily upon his work (e.g. Norway and Italy). This fascinating volume reveals Beckett's evolving critical reception from contemporary reviews to the present.

A Companion to Samuel Beckett

He has published more than twenty essays on Beckett's work, and has recently edited, with Matthew Feldman, The International Reception of Samuel Beckett (Continuum, 2009). He is an editor of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, ...


Author: S. E. Gontarski

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405158695

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Irish writer, dramatist, and poet Samuel Beckett is widely recognized as one of the most important literary figures of our time. In 2006 the numerous worldwide events celebrating the centenary of Beckett's birth were a striking testament to the importance of his works. These events served also as confirmation of the Nobel Prize-winning author's continued relevance in the 21st century. In fact, an intense proliferation of new international scholarship has led to a complete reassessment of Beckett's thoughts and works. Taking full advantage of this recent growth in Beckett studies, and its accompanying wealth of newly released archival sources, "A Companion to Samuel Beckett" provides a comprehensive critical reappraisal of the literary works of Samuel Beckett. Informed by the latest theoretical debates, this important new volume features a collection of original essays by a distinguished team of leading Beckett scholars, including two highly regarded biographers. Authoritative and insightful, the Companion is a valuable addition to contemporary Beckett scholarship.

Translating Samuel Beckett around the World

languages in Beckett. The publication of The International Reception of Samuel Beckett (2009), edited by Mark Nixon and Matthew Feldman, was a major landmark in Beckett Studies in the twenty-first century.


Author: José Francisco Fernández

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030717308

Category: Performing Arts

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The global reception of Samuel Beckett raises numerous questions: in which areas of the world was Beckett first translated? Why were Beckett texts sometimes slow to penetrate certain cultures? How were national literatures impacted by Beckett's oeuvre? Translating Samuel Beckett around the World brings together leading researchers in Beckett studies to discuss these questions and explore the fate of Beckett in their own societies and national languages. The current text provides ample coverage of the presence of Beckett in geographical contexts normally ignored by literary criticism, and reveals unknown aspects of the 1969 Nobel Prize winner interacting with translators of his work in a number of different countries.

Samuel Beckett in Context

CHAPTER 34 Initial Reception james Gourley The literary career of Samuel Barclay Beckett was, by any standard, a wild success. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, was the recipient of numerous international ...


Author: Anthony Uhlmann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107017030

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

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Provides a comprehensive exploration of Beckett's historical, cultural and philosophical contexts, offering new critical insights for scholars and general readers.

Samuel Beckett as World Literature

Berne, M. (2011), 'Beckett en Chine à Paris: Résonance beckettienne chez Gao Xingjian', Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, 23: 127–41. ... The International Reception of Samuel Beckett, 129–46, New York: Continuum.


Author: Thirthankar Chakraborty

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501358814

Category: Literary Criticism

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The essays in this collection provide in-depth analyses of Samuel Beckett's major works in the context of his international presence and circulation, particularly the translation, adaptation, appropriation and cultural reciprocation of his oeuvre. A Nobel Prize winner who published and self-translated in both French and English across literary genres, Beckett is recognized on a global scale as a preeminent author and dramatist of the 20th century. Samuel Beckett as World Literature brings together a wide range of international contributors to share their perspectives on Beckett's presence in countries such as China, Japan, Serbia, India and Brazil, among others, and to flesh out Beckett's relationship with postcolonial literatures and his place within the 'canon' of world literature.

The New Cambridge Companion to Samuel Beckett

Arnold Geulincx' Ethics: With Samuel Beckett's Notes, translated by Martin Wilson. Amsterdam: Brill. ... In The International Reception of Samuel Beckett, edited by Mark Nixon and Matthew Feldman, 24–39. London: Continuum. 2010a.


Author: Dirk Van Hulle

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107075191

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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The New Cambridge Companion to Samuel Beckett offers an accessible introduction to issues animating the field of Beckett studies today.

The New Samuel Beckett Studies

1, “Samuel Beckett,” 2009, 29–45. 8. Shane Weller, “Beckett among the Philosophes: The Critical Reception of Samuel Beckett in France,” in The International Reception of Samuel Beckett, eds. Mark Nixon and Matthew Feldman, ...


Author: Jean-Michel Rabaté

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108471855

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Discusses the most recent advances in the Beckett field and the new methods used to approach it.

Samuel Beckett s Legacies in American Fiction

Stephen John Dilks highlights Beckett's integration in the literary marketplace as a form of anti-commodity, ... Notable volumes such as The International Reception of Samuel Beckett (2009) and the more recent Samuel Beckett as World ...


Author: James Baxter

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030815721

Category: Literary Criticism

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Samuel Beckett’s Legacies in American Fiction provides an overdue investigation into Beckett’s rich influences over American writing. Through in-depth readings of postmodern authors such as Robert Coover, Donald Barthelme, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Paul Auster and Lydia Davis, this book situates Beckett’s post-war writing of exhaustion and generation in relation to the emergence of an explosive American avant-garde. In turn, this study provides a valuable insight into the practical realities of Beckett’s dissemination in America, following the author’s long-standing relationship with the countercultural magazine Evergreen Review and its dramatic role in redrawing the possibilities of American culture in the 1960s. While Beckett would be largely removed from his American context, this book follows his vigorous, albeit sometimes awkward, reception alongside the authors and institutions central to shaping his legacies in 20th and 21st century America.

The Affects Cognition and Politics of Samuel Beckett s Postwar Drama and Fiction

“Samuel Beckett behind the Iron Courtain: The Reception in Eastern Europe.” The International Reception of Samuel Beckett, edited by Mark Nixon and Matthew Feldman, Continuum, 2009, pp. 251–71. Salisbury, Laura. Samuel Beckett: Laughing ...


Author: Cristina Ionica

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030349028

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Affects, Cognition, and Politics of Samuel Beckett’s Postwar Drama and Fiction: Revolutionary and Evolutionary Paradoxes theorizes the revolutionary and evolutionary import of Beckett’s works in a global context defined by increasingly ubiquitous and insidious mechanisms of capture, exploitation, and repression, alongside unprecedented demands for high-volume information-processing and connectivity. Part I shows that, in generating consistent flows of solidarity-based angry laughter, Beckett’s works sabotage coercive couplings of the subject to social machines by translating subordination and repression into processes rather than data of experience. Through an examination of Beckett’s attack on gender/ class-related normative injunctions, the book shows that Beckett’s works can generate solidarity and action-oriented affects in readers/ spectators regardless of their training in textual analysis. Part II proposes that Beckett’s works can weaken the cognitive dominance of constrictive “frames” in readers/ audiences, so that toxic ideological formations such as the association of safety and comfort with simplicity and “sameness” are rejected and more complex cognitive operations are welcomed instead—a process that bolsters the mind’s ability to operate at ease with increasingly complex, malleable, extensible, and inclusive frames, as well as with increasing volumes of information.

Samuel Beckett s Critical Aesthetics

Beckett, Literature, and the Ethics of Alterity (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). ———. “Beckett among the Philosophes: The Critical Reception of Samuel Beckett in France.” In The International Reception of Samuel ...


Author: Tim Lawrence

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319753997

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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This book considers how Samuel Beckett’s critical essays, dialogues and reflections drew together longstanding philosophical discourses about the nature of representation, and fostered crucial, yet overlooked, connections between these discourses and his fiction and poetry. It also pays attention to Beckett’s writing for little-magazines in France from the 1930s to the 1950s, before going on to consider how the style of Beckett’s late prose recalls and develops figures and themes in his critical writing. By providing a long-overdue assessment of Beckett’s work as a critic, this study shows how Beckett developed a new aesthetic in knowing dialogue with ideas including phenomenology, Kandinsky’s theories of abstraction, and avant-garde movements such as Surrealism. This book will be illuminating for students and researchers interested not just in Beckett, but in literary modernism, the avant-garde, European visual culture and philosophy.