A collection of original essays by a team of leading Beckett scholars and two of his biographers, Companion to Samuel Beckett provides a comprehensive critical reappraisal of the literary works of Samuel Beckett. Builds on the resurgence of international Beckett scholarship since the centenary of his birth, and reflects the wealth of newly released archival sources Informed by the latest in scholarly, critical, and theoretical debates A valuable addition to contemporary Beckett scholarship, and testament to the enduring influence of Beckett's work and his position as one of the most important literary figures of our time
S. E. Gontarski is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University where he edits the Journal of Beckett Studies and serves as Director of Graduate Studies. He has published extensively on the life and works of Samuel Beckett, including (with Anthony Uhlmann) Beckett after Beckett (2006), a finalist for the Theatre Library Association's George Freedley Award.
Notes on Contributors viii Acknowledgments xiv Introduction 1 S. E. Gontarski Part I A Life in Letters 11 1 A Writer's Homes -- A Writer's Life 13 James Knowlson 2 Within a Budding Grove: Publishing Beckett in America 23 S. E. Gontarski 3 Samuel Beckett and Waiting for Godot 32 Lois Gordon 4 Beginning to End: Publishing and Producing Beckett 48 Barney Rosset Part II Charting Territories 61 5 A Critique of Aesthetic Judgment: Beckett's "Dissonance of Ends and Means" 63 John Pilling 6 The Legacy of Samuel Beckett: An Anatomy 73 H. Porter Abbott 7 Beckett and Philosophy 84 Anthony Uhlmann 8 Philosophizing with Beckett: Adorno and Badiou 97 Jean-Michel Rabate 9 Beckett and Ethics 118 Shane Weller 10 Beckett and Germany in the 1930s: The Development of a Poetics 130 Mark Nixon 11 Samuel Beckett and Science 143 C. J. Ackerley 12 A Purgatorial Calculus: Beckett's Mathematics in "Quad" 164 Brett Stevens 13 Beckett and Obsessional Ireland 182 David Pattie 14 Beckett in French and English 196 Sinead Mooney Part III Acts of Fiction 209 15 Beckett the Poet 211 Marjorie Perloff 16 The "Dream" Poems: Poems in Personae 228 Sean Lawlor 17 Figures of Script: The Development of Beckett's Short Prose and the "Aesthetic of Inaudibilities" 244 Dirk Van Hulle 18 Molloy, or Life without a Chambermaid 263 Patrick A. McCarthy 19 Malone Dies: Postmodernist Masculinity 275 Susan Mooney 20 "The Knowing Non-Exister": Thirteen Ways of Reading Texts for Nothing 289 S. E. Gontarski and C. J. Ackerley 21 What We Are Given to Mean: Endgame 296 Paul Shields 22 "In the Old Style," Yet Anew: Happy Days in the "AfterBeckett" 308 William Hutchings Part IV Acts of Performance 327 23 Beckett's Production of Waiting for Godot (Warten auf Godot) 329 David Bradby 24 The Seated Figure on Beckett's Stage 346 Enoch Brater 25 Clowning with Beckett 358 Mary Bryden 26 "Down, all going down ...": The Spiral Structure of Beckett's Theater 372 Xerxes Mehta 27 Beckett on Television 389 Graley Herren 28 Staging Beckett in Spain: Theater and Politics 403 Antonia Rodriguez-Gago Index 416