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Beckett at 100: Revolving It All Linda Ben-Zvi

Beckett at 100: Revolving It All

Linda Ben-Zvi

Published August 26th 2008
ISBN : 9781281165442
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334 pages
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 About the Book 

The year 2006 marked the centenary of the birth of Nobel-Prize winning playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett. To commemorate the occasion, this collection brings together twenty-three leading international Beckett scholars from ten countries, whoMoreThe year 2006 marked the centenary of the birth of Nobel-Prize winning playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett. To commemorate the occasion, this collection brings together twenty-three leading international Beckett scholars from ten countries, who take on the centenary challenge of revolving it all: that is, going back to Beckett-the title of an earlier study by critic Ruby Cohn, to whom the book is dedicated-in order to rethink traditional readings and theories- provide new contexts and associations- and reassess his impact on the modern imagination and legacy to future generations. These original essays, most first presented by the Samuel Beckett Working Group at the Dublin centenary celebration, are divided into three sections: (1) Thinking through Beckett, (2) Shifting Perspectives, and (3) Echoing Beckett. As repeatedly in his canon, images precede words. The book opens with stills from films of experimental filmmaker Peter Gidal and unpublished excerpts from Becketts 1936-37 German Travel Diaries, presented by Beckett biographer James Knowlson, with permission from the Beckett estate.