Samuel Beckett A Curated Life

This book challenges two of the most commonly held assumptions about Samuel Beckett.

Author: Judith Wilkinson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781472592248

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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This book challenges two of the most commonly held assumptions about Samuel Beckett. First, that he belongs exclusively to a literary tradition and second, that he was a reclusive figure entirely uninterested in his public image or reception. Presented here for the first time as both an accomplished artist and curator, this book situates Beckett in a new aesthetic and intellectual lineage. Beckett's later experiments in radio, film, television, theatre and photography – the focus of this study – deserve to be considered from within a new audio-visual context. Samuel Beckett: A Curated Life claims that the importance of Beckett's innovations in sound, moving image and installation, often dismissed as marginalia by traditional textual scholarship, establish his work as a key precursor to much of today's contemporary art. Also outlined for the first time are Beckett's creative collaborations with influential photographers such as Brassaï, Cartier-Bresson and Avedon. Alongside these collaborations, this book will also trace direct lines of affiliation in the works of contemporary artists such as Janet Cardiff, Stan Douglas and Gerard Byrne. What emerges from this new perspective is an understanding of Beckett as an artistic and technological innovator. Recognizing Beckett as a vital participant in the development of 20th century aesthetics, this groundbreaking study overturns the pervasive image of Beckett as the reclusive author 'damned to fame'.

Beckett s Words

Also available from Bloomsbury Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett, James Knowlson Samuel Beckett: A Curated Life, Judith Wilkinson The Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett, Charles A. Carpenter Beckett's Words The Promise of ...

Author: David Kleinberg-Levin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474216889

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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At stake in this book is a struggle with language in a time when our old faith in the redeeming of the word-and the word's power to redeem-has almost been destroyed. Drawing on Benjamin's political theology, his interpretation of the German Baroque mourning play, and Adorno's critical aesthetic theory, but also on the thought of poets and many other philosophers, especially Hegel's phenomenology of spirit, Nietzsche's analysis of nihilism, and Derrida's writings on language, Kleinberg-Levin shows how, because of its communicative and revelatory powers, language bears the utopian "promise of happiness," the idea of a secular redemption of humanity, at the very heart of which must be the achievement of universal justice. In an original reading of Beckett's plays, novels and short stories, Kleinberg-Levin shows how, despite inheriting a language damaged, corrupted and commodified, Beckett redeems dead or dying words and wrests from this language new possibilities for the expression of meaning. Without denying Beckett's nihilism, his picture of a radically disenchanted world, Kleinberg-Levin calls attention to moments when his words suddenly ignite and break free of their despair and pain, taking shape in the beauty of an austere yet joyous lyricism, suggesting that, after all, meaning is still possible.

Think Pig

This contemporary visual aspect was documented by the Paris exhibition Samuel Beckett shown at the Centre Pompidou in March–June 2007 and Judith Wilkinson's Samuel Beckett: A Curated Life (Bloomsbury, 2016) intelligently explores the ...

Author: Jean-Michel Rabaté

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823270874

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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This book examines Samuel Beckett’s unique lesson in courage in the wake of humanism’s postwar crisis—the courage to go on living even after experiencing life as a series of catastrophes. Rabaté, a former president of the Samuel Beckett Society and a leading scholar of modernism, explores the whole range of Beckett’s plays, novels, and essays. He places Beckett in a vital philosophical conversation that runs from Bataille to Adorno, from Kant and Sade to Badiou. At the same time, he stresses Beckett’s inimitable sense of metaphysical comedy. Foregrounding Beckett’s decision to write in French, Rabaté inscribes him in a continental context marked by a “writing degree zero” while showing the prescience and ethical import of Beckett’s tendency to subvert the “human” through the theme of the animal. Beckett’s “declaration of inhuman rights,” he argues, offers the funniest mode of expression available to us today.

A Samuel Beckett Chronology

He subsequently curated a major Beckett photographic exhibition at Reading (1971) and began his long and distinguished career of scholarly Beckett publications, culminating in his authorized biography, Damned to Fame: the Life of Samuel ...

Author: J. Pilling

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230504833

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

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This is the most complete chronological account of Samuel Beckett's life and work, with full details of how, when and where each work by him came to be written, many details of which have only recently come to light and are often not known to scholars working in the field.

Samuel Beckett s Legacies in American Fiction

2 Recent publications3 have helped to further reinforce the BeckettGrove connection, shining a light on what S.E. Gontarski ... the release of Dear Mr. Beckett (2016), edited by Lois Oppenheim and curated by Astrid Meyers Rosset, ...

Author: James Baxter

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030815722

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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Samuel Beckett’s Legacies in American Fiction provides an overdue investigation into Beckett’s rich influences over American writing. Through in-depth readings of postmodern authors such as Robert Coover, Donald Barthelme, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Paul Auster and Lydia Davis, this book situates Beckett’s post-war writing of exhaustion and generation in relation to the emergence of an explosive American avant-garde. In turn, this study provides a valuable insight into the practical realities of Beckett’s dissemination in America, following the author’s long-standing relationship with the countercultural magazine Evergreen Review and its dramatic role in redrawing the possibilities of American culture in the 1960s. While Beckett would be largely removed from his American context, this book follows his vigorous, albeit sometimes awkward, reception alongside the authors and institutions central to shaping his legacies in 20th and 21st century America.

The Curated Closet

Because here's the deal: minimalism as an aesthetic style and minimalism as a lifestyle philosophy are two very ... In literature, Ernest Hemingway and Samuel Beckett are often cited as great minimalist writers because of their very ...

Author: Anuschka Rees

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607749491

Category: Design

Page: 272

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Is your closet jam-packed and yet you have absolutely nothing to wear? Can you describe your personal style in one sentence? If someone grabbed a random piece from your closet right now, how likely is it that it would be something you love and wear regularly? With so many style and shopping options, it can be difficult to create a streamlined closet of pieces that can be worn easily and confidently. In The Curated Closet, style writer Anuschka Rees presents a fascinatingly strategic approach to identifying, refining, and expressing personal style and building the ideal wardrobe to match it, with style and shopping strategies that women can use every day. Using The Curated Closet method, you’ll learn to: • Shop smarter and more selectively • Make the most of your budget • Master outfit formulas and color palettes • Tweak your wardrobe for work • Assess garment fit and quality like a pro • Curate a closet of fewer, better pieces Including useful infographics, charts, and activities, as well as beautiful fashion photography, The Curated Closet is the ultimate practical guide to authentic and unique style.

Ten Ways of Thinking About Samuel Beckett

A museum survey of Dada curated in 2006, which originated at the Pompidou Centre in Paris before travelling to the ... In a word, Dada, taking conventions apart and exposing their artifice, was 'LIFE'.8 What saved Dada from oblivion was ...

Author: Enoch Brater

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408137240

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Beckett is acknowledged as one of the greatest playwrights and most innovative fiction writers of the twentieth century with an international appeal that bridges both general and more specialist readers. This collection of essays by renowned Beckett scholar Enoch Brater offers a delightfully original, playful and intriguing series of approaches to Beckett's drama, fiction and poetry. Beginning with a chapter entitled 'Things to Ponder While Waiting for Godot', each essay deftly illuminates aspects of Beckett's thinking and craft, making astute and often suprising discoveries along the way. In a series of beguiling discussions such as 'From Dada to Didi: Beckett and the Art of His Century', 'Beckett's Devious Interventions, or Fun with Cube Roots' and 'The Seated Figure on Beckett's Stage', Brater proves the perfect companion and commentator on Beckett's work, helping readers to approach it with fresh eyes and a renewed sense of the author's unique aesthetic.

The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing

LIFE . Medb Ruane was born in Dublin in 1958 and educated at Holy Faith Convent , Loreto Abbey and University College ... Word and Image for Gate Theatre Dublin's Samuel Beckett Festival , and recently co - curated ' Shifting Ground ...

Author: Seamus Deane

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814799079

Category: English literature

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British Social Realism in the Arts since 1940

He has published in the journals Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui and the Journal of Beckett Studies, ... a curator and Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies at Loughborough University School of the Arts. Publications include ...

Author: D. Tucker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230306381

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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This is the first book of its kind to look across disciplines at this vital aspect of British art, literature and culture. It brings the various intertwined histories of social realism into historical perspective, and argues that this sometimes marginalized genre is still an important reference point for creativity in Britain.

Talking to Strangers

A Life in Art: Dear Mr. Beckett (The Samuel Beckett File), by Barney Rosset, edited by Lois Oppenheim, curated by Astrid Myers Rosset. Tuxedo Park, NY: OPUS, 2017. OCCASIONS A Prayer for Salman Rushdie: Op-ed piece: The New York Times, ...

Author: Paul Auster

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1250206308

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 400

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Talking to Strangers is a freshly curated collection of prose, spanning fifty years of work and including famous as well as never-before-published early writings, from 2018 Man Booker Prize–finalist Paul Auster. Beginning with a short philosophical meditation written when he was twenty and concluding with nine political pieces that take on such issues as homelessness, 9/11, and the link between soccer and war, the 44 pieces gathered in this volume offer a wide-ranging view of celebrated novelist Paul Auster’s thoughts on a multitude of classic and contemporary writers, the high-wire exploits of Philippe Petit, how to improve life in New York City (in collaboration with visual artist Sophie Calle), and the long road he has traveled with his beloved manual typewriter. While writing for the New York Review of Books and other publications in the mid-1970s, young poet Auster gained recognition as an astute literary critic with essays on Laura Riding, John Ashbery, Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, Paul Celan, and others. By the late seventies and early eighties, as the poet was transforming himself into a novelist, he maintained an active double life by continuing his work as a translator and editing the groundbreaking anthology, The Random House Book of Twentieth-Century Poetry. His prefaces to some of these books are included in Talking to Strangers, among them a heart-wrenching account of Stéphane Mallarmé’s response to the death of his eight-year-old son, Anatole. In recent years, Auster has pushed on with explorations into the work of American artists spanning various periods and disciplines: the notebooks of Nathaniel Hawthorne, the films of Jim Jarmusch, the writings of painter-collagist-illustrator Joe Brainard, and the three-hit shutout thrown by journeyman right-hander Terry Leach of the Mets. Also included here are several rediscovered works that were originally delivered in public: a 1982 lecture on Edgar Allan Poe, a 1999 blast against New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and one of the funniest introductions a poetry reading ever heard in the state of New Jersey. A collection of soaring intelligence and deepest humanity, Talking to Strangers is an essential book by “the most distinguished American writer of [his] generation . . . indeed its only author . . . with any claim to greatness.” (The Spectator)