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Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts

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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108422772

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  • Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts is the first book to comprehensively assess Beckett's knowledge of art, art history and art criticism. In his lifetime Beckett thought deeply about visual culture from ancient Egyptian statuary to Dutch realism, from Quattrocento painting to the modernists and after. Drawing on a wide range of published and unpublished sources, this book traces in forensic detail the development of Beckett's understanding of painting in particular, as that understanding developed from the late 1920s to the 1970s. In doing so it demonstrates that Beckett's thinking about art and aesthetics radically changes in the course of his life, often directly responding to the intellectual and historical contexts in which he found himself. Moving fluently between art history, philosophy, literary analysis and historical context, Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts rethinks the trajectory of Beckett's career, and reorients his relationship to modernism, late modernism and the avant-gardes.

    • Draws on a wide range of new sources, both published and unpublished
    • Demonstrates the changes in Beckett's thinking about art and aesthetics over his career
    • Reorients Beckett's relationships with modernism, late modernism and the avant-gardes
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    'Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts convincingly shows that knowledge about Beckett’s engagement with visual art will be essential for how future critics will answer these questions.' Kevin Brazil, The Review of English Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108422772
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Beckett and the image
    1. A poetics of the image: Paris and Dublin 1929–1932
    2. The politics of the image: Dublin, Paris, London 1931–1936
    3. Beckett's German Renaissance
    4. 'Terrifying materiality': Watteau, Yeats, Picasso, Duchamp
    5. Impossible image: Watt and failed ekphrasis
    6. From Bram van Velde to The Unnamable
    7. 'Sordid abstraction': prose, plays, paintings.

  • Author

    Conor Carville, University of Reading
    Conor Carville is Associate Professor in English and Creative Writing at the University of Reading. His book The Ends of Ireland: Criticism, History, Subjectivity appeared in 2012 and a volume of poetry, Harm's Way, was published in 2013. His writing on art has appeared in Frieze and Circa.

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