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Beckett at 100: Revolving It All by Linda Ben-Zvi, Angela Moorjani

By Linda Ben-Zvi, Angela Moorjani

The 12 months 2006 marked the centenary of the beginning of Nobel-Prize profitable playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett. To commemorate the party, this assortment brings jointly twenty-three major foreign Beckett students from ten international locations, who tackle the centenary problem of "revolving it all": that's, going "back to Beckett"-the identify of an prior learn through critic Ruby Cohn, to whom the booklet is dedicated-in order to reconsider conventional readings and theories; offer new contexts and institutions; and think again his effect at the sleek mind's eye and legacy to destiny generations. those unique essays, such a lot first offered via the Samuel Beckett operating crew on the Dublin centenary get together, are divided into 3 sections: (1) pondering via Beckett, (2) transferring views, and (3) Echoing Beckett. As time and again in his canon, pictures precede phrases. The booklet opens with stills from motion pictures of experimental filmmaker Peter Gidal and unpublished excerpts from Beckett's 1936-37 German shuttle Diaries, awarded by way of Beckett biographer James Knowlson, with permission from the Beckett property. well known director and theatre theoretician Herbert Blau follows along with his own Beckett "thinking through." Others partially I discover Beckett and philosophy (Abbott), the affects of Bergson (Gontarski) and Leibniz (Mori), Beckett and autobiography (Locatelli), and Agamben on post-Holocaust testimony (Jones). Essays partially II recontextualize Beckett's works with regards to iconography (Moorjani), movie theoretician Rudolf Arnheim (Engelberts), Marshall McLuhan (Ben-Zvi), exilic writing (McMullan), Pierre Bourdieu's literary box (Siess), romanticism (Brater), social theorists Adorno and Horkheimer (Degani-Raz), and function matters (Rodr?guez-Gago). half III relates Beckett's writing to that of Yeats (Okamuro), Paul Auster (Campbell), Caryl Churchill (Diamond), William Saroyan (Bryden), Minoru Betsuyaku and Harold Pinter (Tanaka) and Morton Feldman and Jasper Johns (Laws). eventually, Beckett himself turns into a personality in different playwrights' works (Zeifman). Taken jointly those essays make a transparent case for the demanding situations and rewards of considering via Beckett in his moment century.

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The words . . the brain,” as if brainless, “flickering away like mad”—and even when it wasn’t happening “this other awful thought” (–), some whisper in your head, “Isn’t that what you said? . The whisper . . The odd word” (Eh Joe ), that it might be happening again, with “the words [ . . ] everywhere, inside me, outside me, [ . . ] impossible to stop, I’m in words, made of words, others’ words, what others,” as with Dick and Jane that day, “the place too, the air, the walls, the floor, the ceiling, all words, the whole world is here with me,” and then again the breathing stops.

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Still for Ruby PETER GIDAL from Room Film  15 16 For Ruby Cohn Still for Ruby 17 18 For Ruby Cohn Still for Ruby 19 20 For Ruby Cohn Beckett the Tourist Bamberg and Würzburg JAMES KNOWLSON I    of a six-month-long stay in Germany in –, Samuel Beckett spent the final week of February  in the beautiful, small Mainfranken towns of Bamberg and Würzburg. His earlier, much lengthier stays in the larger cities of Hamburg, Berlin, and Dresden had often been busy and social. To his own great surprise, he had managed to establish contact there with several groups of people, mostly artists, art collectors, dealers, or booksellers.

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