Beckett in the Cultural Field: Beckett Dans Le Champ by Jurgen Siess, Matthijs Engelberts, Angela Moorjani

By Jurgen Siess, Matthijs Engelberts, Angela Moorjani

The thematic a part of this quantity of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui is dedicated commonly to Beckett's texts of the 40's and later, and especially to these he composed after his adoption of the French language. The essays provided during this a part of the present factor try to see Beckett as a author between different authors with whom he connects or competes, to envision his relatives with artists, even if Beckett stimulates them or is prompted by means of them, and to outline his 'posture' and his place within the cultural box. How does the budding francophone author place himself within the cultural box in the course of his tough beginnings and after his first successes? How can he be positioned on the subject of the 3 cultures he's facing? What are the parallels among Beckett's personal texts and people of different writers (literary and philosophical), but in addition among his paintings and the paintings of artists of the interval? the 10 essays within the free-space element of this quantity additionally often main issue his texts that have been first written in French, and situate Beckett on the subject of various themes, from Dante to the 'War on Terror.'

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Through repetitive series and syntactical ambiguity, Stein and Beckett refuse teleological sensemaking in order to pierce through the opacity of language, resulting in their respective aesthetics of porousness. Putting into use Deleuze’s treatise Difference and Repetition, I argue that conjoining Stein and Beckett provides us with a nuanced sense of the dominant logic of repetition-with-adifference in their writings. Cet article entend relever des convergences entre l’œuvre de Gertrude Stein et celle de Samuel Beckett, avec l’hypothèse que l’emploi récurrent de répétitions par les deux auteurs travaille à libérer le langage de son assujettissement au signifiant et au signifié.

As he comments, “Sometimes it’s the sea, other times the mountains, often it was the forest, the city, the plain too […]. I’ve given myself up for dead all over the place” (78). Also, the casual tone of the last phrase shows his own lack of concern with his surroundings. The surroundings in Text 1 are part of the everyday world as most people usually experience it, seen by the narrator as “above” but his natural world extends to an equally substantial place “below”. In this “below”, the man, and the landscape, still exist and are still tangible.

Stein, Gertrude, Look at Me Now and Here I Am: Writings and Lectures, 19091945 (Baltimore: Penguin, 1967). –, “Composition as Explanation,” in Stein, Look at Me Now, 21-33 (1967a) –, “The Gradual Making of The Making of Americans,” in Stein, Look at Me Now, 84-98 (1967b). –, “Plays,” in Stein, Look at Me Now, 59-81 (1967c). –, “Poetry and Grammar,” in Look at Me Now, 125-47 (1967d). –, “Portraits and Repetition,” in Stein, Look at Me Now, 99-124 (1967e). –, Tender Buttons, in Stein, Look at Me Now, 161-208 (1967f).

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