The yr 2006 marked the centenary of the delivery of Nobel-Prize successful playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett. To commemorate the party, this assortment brings jointly twenty-three prime overseas Beckett students from ten international locations, who tackle the centenary problem of "revolving it all": that's, going "back to Beckett"-the identify of an prior research via critic Ruby Cohn, to whom the booklet is dedicated-in order to reconsider conventional readings and theories; supply new contexts and institutions; and re-evaluate his influence at the glossy mind's eye and legacy to destiny generations.
These unique essays, such a lot first awarded by way of the Samuel Beckett operating crew on the Dublin centenary occasion, are divided into 3 sections: (1) pondering via Beckett, (2) transferring views, and (3) Echoing Beckett. As again and again in his canon, pictures precede phrases. The ebook opens with stills from motion pictures of experimental filmmaker Peter Gidal and unpublished excerpts from Beckett's 1936-37 German commute Diaries, provided through Beckett biographer James Knowlson, with permission from the Beckett property.
Renowned director and theatre theoretician Herbert Blau follows together with his own Beckett "thinking through." Others partially I discover Beckett and philosophy (Abbott), the impacts of Bergson (Gontarski) and Leibniz (Mori), Beckett and autobiography (Locatelli), and Agamben on post-Holocaust testimony (Jones). Essays partially II recontextualize Beckett's works relating to iconography (Moorjani), movie theoretician Rudolf Arnheim (Engelberts), Marshall McLuhan (Ben-Zvi), exilic writing (McMullan), Pierre Bourdieu's literary box (Siess), romanticism (Brater), social theorists Adorno and Horkheimer (Degani-Raz), and function matters (Rodríguez-Gago). half III relates Beckett's writing to that of Yeats (Okamuro), Paul Auster (Campbell), Caryl Churchill (Diamond), William Saroyan (Bryden), Minoru Betsuyaku and Harold Pinter (Tanaka) and Morton Feldman and Jasper Johns (Laws). ultimately, Beckett himself turns into a personality in different playwrights' works (Zeifman). Taken jointly those essays make a transparent case for the demanding situations and rewards of pondering via Beckett in his moment century.