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Beckett and Authority: The Uses of Cliche

by Elizabeth Barry

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Pages: 264
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780230008335






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Overview of Beckett and Authority: The Uses of Cliche

The book covers Beckett's early fiction, mature fiction, theatre and his spare late prose works, situating Beckett in a philosophical tradition and literary tradition that has argued for the creative value of stupidity; a key concept in the thinking of philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Deleuze, and central to the practice of writers such as Wordsworth, Flaubert, Baudelaire and Joyce. The book investigates the relationship between verbal cliché, memory and authority in Beckett's prose and drama, arguing that by consciously manipulating the language of cliché, Beckett can interrogate the assumptions made in the discourses of social and intellectual authority without assuming a superior and complacent authority of his own.

Synopsis of Beckett and Authority: The Uses of Cliche

The book covers Beckett's early fiction, mature fiction, theatre and his spare late prose works, situating Beckett in a philosophical tradition and literary tradition that has argued for the creative value of stupidity; a key concept in the thinking of philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Deleuze, and central to the practice of writers such as Wordsworth, Flaubert, Baudelaire and Joyce. The book investigates the relationship between verbal cliché, memory and authority in Beckett's prose and drama, arguing that by consciously manipulating the language of cliché, Beckett can interrogate the assumptions made in the discourses of social and intellectual authority without assuming a superior and complacent authority of his own.

About the Author, Elizabeth Barry

Elizabeth Barry is a Lecturer in English at the University of Warwick, UK.

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