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Beckett's Art of Salvage

Writing and Material Imagination, 1932-1987

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Beckett's Art of Salvage by Juliet Bates
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This innovative exploration of the recurring use of particular objects in Samuel Beckett's work is the first study of the material imagination of any single modern author. Across five decades of aesthetic and formal experimentation in fiction, drama, poetry and film, Beckett made substantial use of only fourteen objects - well-worn not only where they appear within his works but also in terms of their recurrence throughout his creative corpus. In this volume, Bates offers a striking reappraisal of Beckett's writing, with a focus on the changing functions and impact of this set of objects, and charts, chronologically and across media, the pattern of Beckett's distinctive authorial procedure. The volume's identification of the creative praxis that emerges as an 'art of salvage' offers an integrated way of understanding Beckett's writing, opens up new approaches to his work, and offers a fresh assessment of his importance and relevance today.

Author Biography

Julie Bates is an Assistant Professor in the School of English at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary literature and visual art, with a particular interest in experimental forms and material culture. She is a contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Her current research project, 'Pockets of Time', explores the use of worn materials to chart the passage of time on a personal scale in contemporary literature and visual art.
Release date NZ
April 19th, 2017
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Pages
248
Illustrations
10 b/w illus.
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Dimensions
152x228x19
ISBN-13
9781107167049
Product ID
26802258

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