Revisioning Beckett : Samuel Beckett's decadent turn / S.E. Gontarski
- Gontarski, S. E.
- New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
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- Physical Description:
- xvii, 297 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Demonology, Sade-ism, and Samuel Beckett's Decadent Turn: An Introduction -- A Professional life. Samuel Beckett and Lace Curtain Irish Modernisms -- Publishing in America: Sam and Barney -- Eleutheria: Samuel Beckett's Suppressed Bohemian Manifesto -- A Theatrical Life. Textual Aberrations, Ghost Texts, and the British Godot: A Saga of Censorship -- "Nothingness/in words enclose"?: Waiting for Godot -- An End to Endings: Samuel Beckett's End Game(s) -- Samuel Beckett's Art of Self-collaboration -- Beckett's Keyhole Art: Voyeurism, Schaulust and the Perversions of Theatre -- "He wants to know if it hurts!": The Body as Text in Samuel Beckett's Theater -- A Philosophical Life. Theoretical and Theatrical Intersections: Samuel Beckett, Herbert Blau, Civil Rights and the Politics of Godot -- Beckett and the Revisioning of Modernism(s): Molloy -- A Sense of Unending: Fictions for the End of Time -- The Death of Style: Samuel Beckett's Art of Repetition, Pastiche and Cutups.
- "Gontarski approaches Beckett from multiple viewpoints: from his running afoul of the Irish Censorship of Publications Acts in the 1930s through the 1950s, his preoccupations to "find literature in the pornography, or beneath the pornography, " his battles with the Lord Chamberlain in the mid-1950s over London stagings of his first two plays, and his close professional and personal associations with publishers who celebrated the work of the demimonde. Much of that term encompasses an opening to the fullness of human experience denied in previous centuries, and much of that has been sexual or decadent. As Gontarski shows, the aesthetics that emerges from such early career encounters and associations continues to inform Beckett's work and develops into experimental modes that upend literary models and middle class values, an aesthetics that, furthermore, has inspired any number of visual artists to re-vision Beckett"--
- 9781501337635 (Hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-280) and index.
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