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Beckett's Art of Salvage

Beckett's Art of Salvage
Writing and Material Imagination, 1932–1987

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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107167049

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  • This innovative exploration of the recurring use of particular objects in Samuel Beckett's work is the first study of the material imagination of any single modern author. Across five decades of aesthetic and formal experimentation in fiction, drama, poetry and film, Beckett made substantial use of only fourteen objects - well-worn not only where they appear within his works but also in terms of their recurrence throughout his creative corpus. In this volume, Bates offers a striking reappraisal of Beckett's writing, with a focus on the changing functions and impact of this set of objects, and charts, chronologically and across media, the pattern of Beckett's distinctive authorial procedure. The volume's identification of the creative praxis that emerges as an 'art of salvage' offers an integrated way of understanding Beckett's writing, opens up new approaches to his work, and offers a fresh assessment of his importance and relevance today.

    • Proposes a new and striking reading of five decades of Beckett's writing, offering the first full survey of this author's distinctive and creative use of material objects
    • In considering Beckett's creative oeuvre in its entirety, the book enables an integrated overview of a body of work that has often appeared daunting in its formal and generic range
    • The concept of 'salvage' offers a new interpretative methodology to those who are interested in the relationship between Beckett and contemporary writers and artists
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    '… Beckett’s art of salvaging, an art which Bates makes a compelling case for as crucial to his creative imagination, in her thorough, nuanced and highly readable monograph.' Liam Harrison, Dublin Review of Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107167049
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Relics
    2. Heirlooms
    3. Props
    4. Treasure
    Conclusion: Beckett's art of salvage.

  • Author

    Julie Bates, Trinity College, Dublin
    Julie Bates is an Assistant Professor in the School of English at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary literature and visual art, with a particular interest in experimental forms and material culture. She is a contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Her current research project, 'Pockets of Time', explores the use of worn materials to chart the passage of time on a personal scale in contemporary literature and visual art.

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