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Revisioning Beckett reassesses Beckett's career and literary output, particularly his engagement with what might be called decadent modernism.

Gontarski approaches Beckett from multiple viewpoints: from his running afoul of the Irish Censorship of Publications Acts in the 1930s through the 1950s, his preoccupations to "find literature in the pornography, or beneath the pornography," his battles with the Lord Chamberlain in the mid-1950s over London stagings of his first two plays, and his close professional and personal associations with publishers who celebrated the work of the demimonde. Much of that term encompasses an opening to the fullness of human experience denied in previous centuries, and much of that has been sexual or decadent. As Gontarski shows, the aesthetics that emerges from such early career encounters and associations continues to inform Beckett's work and develops into experimental modes that upend literary models and middle-class values, an aesthetics that, furthermore, has inspired any number of visual artists to re-vision Beckett.


About the Author: S. E. Gontarski is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University, USA, where he edited the Journal of Beckett Studies from 1989 to 2008. He is the author or editor of 29 books. His editions of Beckett's writings include Samuel Beckett: The Complete Short Prose, 1928-1989 (1996), The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett, Volume IV: The Shorter Plays (1999), and The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett, Volume II: Endgame (1993). He has been awarded four National Endowment for the Humanities research grants, has twice been awarded Fulbright Professorships, and has been Guest Editor of the American Book Review, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Modern Fiction Studies, and Drammaturgia.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781501337635
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3pl
  • Publisher Imprint: Continnuum-3pl
  • Height: 216 mm
  • No of Pages: 316
  • Spine Width: 19 mm
  • Weight: 538 gr
  • ISBN-10: 1501337637
  • Publisher Date: 31 May 2018
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Sub Title: Samuel Beckett's Decadent Turn
  • Width: 140 mm


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