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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 116–132.
Published: 01 May 2013
... such as Samuel Beckett theorized a modernism without introspection. In his essays “Dante … Bruno … Vico … Joyce” (1929) and Proust (1930), Beckett argued that the psychological interiority of high modernist fiction could be attributed to nonmental and behavioristic causes. And in his novel Murphy (1936), he...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 104–119.
Published: 01 May 2021
... explored the possibilities of the comic, which presents its own limitations and ethical problems. This article argues that Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake moves past these limitations of genre and tone through engagements with the more complicated tragicomic sensibility of Samuel Beckett. The tragicomic...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 305–323.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Michael McGurk Abstract How can an economic model designed to eliminate waste produce nothing but? The answer, according to Samuel Beckett's Watt , can be found in the system of economic relations presupposed by the Anglo-Irish Big House novels that emerged after the 1800 Acts of Union...
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Novel (2023) 56 (3): 337–366.
Published: 01 November 2023
... in such writers as Doris Lessing and Samuel Beckett. Novelistic grammar, precisely by prefiguring the social changes to come, models a rationality that constrains the possibilities of moving past those changes. By analyzing the contradictions constitutive of novelistic grammar, this article questions what...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 300–303.
Published: 01 August 2015
... . “ Letter to Gershom Scholem on Franz Kafka .” Selected Writings . Vol. 3 . Trans. Jephcott Edmund . Cambridge : Harvard UP , 2002 . 322 – 29 . Casanova Pascale . Samuel Beckett: Anatomy of a Literary Revolution . Trans. Elliott Gregory . London and New York : Verso , 2006...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 471–474.
Published: 01 November 2019
... and clinically neurotic and psychotic subjects. The concept of “narrative worlds” in his subtitle encompasses a largely neglected body of modernist literature by Wyndham Lewis, Mina Loy, Evelyn Waugh, Muriel Spark, Anna Kavan, Flann O'Brien, and Samuel Beckett. Influential modernists and late modernists, like...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 495–500.
Published: 01 November 2020
... remarkable book Placeless People: Writing, Rights, and Refugees locates the answer to this urgent question primarily in the lives and works of six major writers: Hannah Arendt, George Orwell, Simone Weil, Samuel Beckett, Dorothy Thompson, and W. H. Auden. What unites this somewhat oddly assorted group...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 133–136.
Published: 01 May 2017
... exploration of the stubborn lingering of that difficult-to-define phenomenon that we call “religion” in the work of three of the most celebrated novelists of our putatively secular age—Samuel Beckett, Thomas Mann, and J. M. Coetzee. Pecora's book is also, however, a thorough reimagining of the relationship...
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Novel (2023) 56 (2): 309–312.
Published: 01 August 2023
... developments: Bergsonian vitalism, the industry of public relations, Pavlovian physiology and behaviorism, and the discipline of sociology. The level below that is occupied by four writers—D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, Rebecca West, and Samuel Beckett—who are matched, more or less, to the social developments...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 306–309.
Published: 01 August 2013
... if not sadism, has its risks, not least of which are political. Greenberg’s final chapter positions Samuel Beckett’s Molloy (1951) as a satirical condemnation of modern authoritarianism and fantasies of violence. In Beckett it is laughter itself that becomes, as it were, charged with satirical...
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Novel (2007) 40 (3): 320–322.
Published: 01 November 2007
... by Richardson's focus on "the nature and function of the narrating pronoun" (101). Both authors are reflecting, in these passages, on Samuel Beckett, and Beckett is central-thematically and structurally-for each. Olney stages a three-way conversation between Beckett, Augustine and Rousseau; for Richardson...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 147–152.
Published: 01 May 2013
... defended his doctoral thesis, The English Fiction of Samuel Beckett: An Essay in Stylistic Analysis, at the University of Texas in 1969. In the thesis, he explored, but finally questioned, the value of statistical methods of stylistic description for literary analysis. It is true that Coetzee refers...
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 133–136.
Published: 01 May 2023
... interesting. Doing so will not only estrange our understanding of the novel but it will show the importance of strange novelistic forms that expand world literature and formalist theory, according to Bartoszyńska. The final chapter shifts from strange forms to strange worlds, exploring how Samuel...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 208–223.
Published: 01 August 2015
... attention to the political contexts of hunger that places Hamsun in conversation with artists and activists in an ongoing history of the body. 11 Indeed, Hamsun's project displays a number of similarities not just with Kafka but also with Samuel Beckett, who relentlessly returned to starvation...
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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 493–496.
Published: 01 November 2014
... this transmission works (16). McCabe’s use of eccentric itinerants as first-person narrators, for example, made me wonder whether Samuel Beckett played a role in conveying a queer modernist aesthetic from Joyce and Synge to McCabe (the narrator’s desperate bicycle ride to Bundoran in The Butcher Boy seems...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 169–174.
Published: 01 May 2013
... their different implications, Clarkson mounts an impressive argument enlisting René Descartes (in rela- tion to Samuel Beckett), Roman Jakobson, Émile Benveniste, Noam Chomsky, and others, in demonstrating how the self is not simply present to itself prior to the linguistic act but is created...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 307–311.
Published: 01 August 2017
... Proust and truth and expressivity in Samuel Beckett are the other significant examples that I cannot, alas, address here. This is to say nothing of the thorny problem of exemplarity, a problem that any construction of a literary ontology will face sooner or later: Proust, Beckett, and Stein line up well...
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Novel (2008) 41 (2-3): 229–243.
Published: 01 November 2008
... . Coetzee , J.M. Dusklands . Johannesburg: Ravan P, 1974 . Coetzee , J.M. Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons . London: Secker, 2003 . Coetzee , J.M. “The English Fiction of Samuel Beckett: An Essay in Stylistic Analysis.” Ph.D. dissertation . U of Texas at Austin, 1969...
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Novel (2021) 54 (3): 461–466.
Published: 01 November 2021
... about the values of its original culture, time, and place, and nothing about ourselves, here and now. (The tendentious silliness of this position is a tempting target, but I forego it here.) When Mao begins his book by uncovering an unsuspected utopian impulse in Thomas Hardy and Samuel Beckett, he...
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Novel (2012) 45 (2): 184–201.
Published: 01 August 2012
... by brain science, neuroscientists have drawn upon the narrative techniques of experimental literature in order to present their evolving theories of consciousness. © 2012 by Novel, Inc. 2012 Duke University Press Works Cited Beckett Samuel . Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies...