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Samuel Beckett : The Expressive Dilemma - Lawrence Miller

Samuel Beckett

The Expressive Dilemma

Hardcover Published: 11th June 1992
ISBN: 9780333562864
Number Of Pages: 189

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In this study of "Molloy", "Malone Dies" and "The Unnamable", Lawrence Miller traces Beckett's attempt to voice the expressive dilemma that is posed by the assumptions of modernist art and art criticism. A preliminary examination of Beckett's critical writings on literature and painting reveals a growing suspicion of modernist ambitions; it is the trilogy of novels, however, which represents Beckett's most sustained rejection of the "feasible" aspirations of an expressive theory of art. Still, the goal of expression cannot be abandoned since it represents the essence of the human condition; the compulsion inevitably triumphs over the longing to end.

List of Abbreviations
Beckett Criticism and Beckett's Criticismp. 1
Obliterated texts and blackened margins: the history of Beckett criticismp. 1
'Here's my beginning': Beckett's criticismp. 12
Critical Phasesp. 19
The critic as disciplep. 19
The critic as expressivistp. 41
The critic as amateurp. 53
Molloyp. 67
A and C: the allegory of needp. 67
Narrated tasksp. 71
Tasks of narrationp. 94
'It must mean something': critical tasksp. 100
Malone Diesp. 108
The task of authorityp. 111
The compromise of writingp. 117
Malone's storyp. 120
Malone's last wordsp. 127
The Unnamablep. 132
'a certain confusion in the exordia'p. 134
'Strange task, which consists in speaking of oneself'p. 139
'fomenters of fiasco': Mahood and Wormp. 146
'hee hee, that's the Abderite': Democritean comedyp. 157
'the end, the beginning, the beginning again, how can I say it'p. 167
Notesp. 172
Select Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 188
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ISBN: 9780333562864
ISBN-10: 0333562860
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 189
Published: 11th June 1992
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2