Beckett and Ethics

Beckett and Ethics PDF Author: Russell Smith
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441174206
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 198

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At first glance, Samuel Beckett's writing-where scenes of violence and cruelty often provide the occasion for an unremittingly bleak comedy-would seem to offer the reader few examples of ethical conduct. However, following the recent "ethical turn" in critical theory, there has been growing interest in the ethicality of Beckett's work. Following Alain Badiou's highly influential claim for Beckett as essentially an ethical thinker, it is time to ask: What is the relation between Beckett's work and the ethical? Is Beckett's work profoundly ethical in its implications, as both humanist and deconstructionist readings have insisted in their different ways? Or does Beckett's work in some way call into question the entire notion of the ethical? This provocative collection of essays seeks to map out this emerging debate in Beckett criticism. It will be a landmark contribution to an exciting new field, not only in Beckett Studies, but in literary studies and critical theory more broadly.

Beckett, Literature and the Ethics of Alterity

Beckett, Literature and the Ethics of Alterity PDF Author: S. Weller
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230506062
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 218

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In Beckett, Literature and the Ethics of Alterity Weller argues through an analysis of the interrelated topics of translation, comedy, and gender that to read Beckett in this way is to miss the strangely 'anethical' nature of his work, as opposed to the notion that the literary event constitutes the affirmation of an alterity.

Beckett and Poststructuralism

Beckett and Poststructuralism PDF Author: Anthony Uhlmann
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521640763
Category : Drama
Languages : en
Pages : 202

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Explores the relationship between Beckett and post-war French philosophy.

Ethics and Poetics

Ethics and Poetics PDF Author: Margrét Gunnarsdóttir Champion
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443859346
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 325

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Bringing together international scholars interested in the ethics of fiction, this book extends the rich field of ethical literary criticism that has emerged in the last twenty years. New ground is broached in that the authors explore literariness itself as constitutive of ethical intimations about the pluralistic community and about egalitarian modes of communication. The epistemological point of departure is the ethical thought of modernity as filtered through Hegelian recognition as infinite social responsibility. The structure of the anthology reflects this anchoring as the authors investigate modalities of recognition and social regeneration via literary language, which effects the transvaluation of values, of the collective imaginary, and of intermediality. This collection is generally concerned with the immanence of intersubjectivity in literature and with how from this immanence new modes of ethical communication are generated. The authors of Ethics and Poetics clarify how modern narratives, in ways akin to, yet different from, political interrogations such as deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Marxism and gender studies, refine the understanding of the recursive process of recognition, thereby disclosing ethico-political dimensions of the reading experience. The chapters in this anthology share an interest in ethico-literary responses to shifts within modernity from communal to transnational imagination. All the articles explore how modalities of recognition in modern and contemporary literature deeply affect and potentially regenerate real social spaces.

Beckett's Art of Salvage

Beckett's Art of Salvage PDF Author: Julie Bates
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107167043
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 220

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The first book to map Samuel Beckett's material imagination, presenting a fresh understanding of his fiction, drama, poetry and film.

Samuel Beckett's How It Is

Samuel Beckett's How It Is PDF Author: Anthony Cordingley
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 1474440622
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 305

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A critical guide to the philosophy of Giorgio Agamben, organised around the philosophers and thinkers he draws on and critiques.

Values and Ethics in Social Work

Values and Ethics in Social Work PDF Author: Chris Beckett
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446203190
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 176

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The Second Edition of this bestselling book is now split into two parts. Part I considers the foundations of every person’s values and provides a background to moral philosophy. Part II examines key ethical issues and how they determine practice, such as using power, allocating resources, treating others with respect and celebrating diversity. For the Second Edition, two new chapters have been added to the book, on: The political dimension in ethical decision making Realism as a guiding ethical principle

Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel

Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel PDF Author: Andrew Gibson
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415198950
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 230

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Andrew Gibson sets out to demonstrate that postmodern theory has actually made possible an ethical discourse around fiction.

The Affects, Cognition, and Politics of Samuel Beckett's Postwar Drama and Fiction

The Affects, Cognition, and Politics of Samuel Beckett's Postwar Drama and Fiction PDF Author: Cristina Ionica
Publisher: Springer Nature
ISBN: 3030349020
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 286

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The Affects, Cognition, and Politics of Samuel Beckett’s Postwar Drama and Fiction: Revolutionary and Evolutionary Paradoxes theorizes the revolutionary and evolutionary import of Beckett’s works in a global context defined by increasingly ubiquitous and insidious mechanisms of capture, exploitation, and repression, alongside unprecedented demands for high-volume information-processing and connectivity. Part I shows that, in generating consistent flows of solidarity-based angry laughter, Beckett’s works sabotage coercive couplings of the subject to social machines by translating subordination and repression into processes rather than data of experience. Through an examination of Beckett’s attack on gender/ class-related normative injunctions, the book shows that Beckett’s works can generate solidarity and action-oriented affects in readers/ spectators regardless of their training in textual analysis. Part II proposes that Beckett’s works can weaken the cognitive dominance of constrictive “frames” in readers/ audiences, so that toxic ideological formations such as the association of safety and comfort with simplicity and “sameness” are rejected and more complex cognitive operations are welcomed instead—a process that bolsters the mind’s ability to operate at ease with increasingly complex, malleable, extensible, and inclusive frames, as well as with increasing volumes of information.

Eliot and Beckett's Low Modernism

Eliot and Beckett's Low Modernism PDF Author: Rick de Villiers
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 1474479065
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 264

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<h4>Explores the relation between humility and humiliation in the works of T. S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett</h4>

<ul><li>Offers the first book-length comparative study of T. S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett</li>
<li>Develops a literary theory of humility and humiliation – concepts whose definitions have largely been determined by philosophy and theology</li>
<li>Explores the relation between negative affect, ethics and aesthetics</li></ul>

<p>Humility and humiliation have an awkward, often unacknowledged intimacy. Humility may be a queenly, cardinal or monkish virtue, while humiliation points to an affective state at the extreme end of shame. Yet a shared etymology links the words to lowliness and, further down, to the earth. As this study suggests, like the terms in question, T. S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett share an imperfect likeness. Between them is a common interest in states of abjection, shame and suffering – and possible responses to such states. Tracing the relation between negative affect, ethics, and aesthetics, <i>Eliot and Beckett’s Low Modernism</i> demonstrates how these two major modernists recuperate the affinity between humility and humiliation – concepts whose definitions have largely been determined by philosophy and theology.</p>