The Aesthetics of Failure: Inexpressibility in Samuel Beckett's Fiction (BOK)

Marcin Tereszewski

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Although Beckett scholarship has in recent decades experienced a renaissance as a result of various poststructuralist approaches that tend to emphasize destabilization and inexpressibility as the defining features of Beckett's output, relatively little attention has been paid to the ethical aspects of his aesthetics of failure. This book fits into that renaissance, but draws on a distinct, though rarely addressed, connection that Samuel Beckett's work shares with that of Maurice Blanchot and Emmanuel Levinas. It is within this philosophical context that the significance of Beckett's aesthetics of failure becomes most visible. Beckett's work can be described as one of gradual reduction and disintegration of language, a stripping away of the tools rendering expression at all possible for the sake of approaching the inexpressible. Traditional representation yields to silence and linguistic aporia; language yields to images of absence and emptiness. The primary purpose of this study is to trace this movement of 'unwording' and analyze the role inexpressibility plays in Beckett's prose in its visual, linguistic and ethical manifestations, as the aesthetics of inexpressibility is intrinsically bound with the ethical responsibility of literature understood as maintaining a relation with alterity.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Marcin Tereszewski
ISBN 9781443850438
Antall sider 105 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 21,1cm x 1,5cm
Vekt 318 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -