Beckett is acknowledged as one of the greatest playwrights and most innovative fiction writers of the twentieth century with an international appeal that bridges both general and more specialist readers. This collection of essays by renowned Beckett scholar Enoch Brater offers a delightfully original, playful and intriguing series of approaches to Beckett's drama, fiction and poetry.
Beginning with a chapter entitled `Things to Ponder While Waiting for Godot', each essay deftly illuminates aspects of Beckett's thinking and craft, making astute and often surprising discoveries along the way. In a series of beguiling discussions such as 'From Dada to Didi: Beckett and the Art of His Century', 'Beckett's Devious Interventions, or Fun with Cube Roots' and 'The Seated Figure on Beckett's Stage', Brater proves the perfect companion and commentator on Beckett's work, helping readers to approach it with fresh eyes and a renewed sense of the author's unique aesthetic.
`An eloquent, witty and erudite collection of essays that illuminates Beckett's drama and prose fiction from a number of complementary perspectives. Brater's precise explication of the interwoven tropes of language and mise-en-scene is combined with a fine grasp of the overarching structure of work ... to create a rich and suggestive series of reflections on Beckett's aesthetics.' - Robert Gordon, Professor of Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London
Enoch Brater is the Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Dramatic Literature; Professor of English and Theater, University of Michigan and the series editor of Methuen Drama's Miller scholarly editions. He has written extensively on the work of Samuel Beckett and Arthur Miller.
Preface Beckett and a Way of Thinking1. Things to Ponder while Waiting for Godot2. From Dada to Didi: Beckett and the Art of His Century3. Beckett's Landscape: What There Is to Recognize4. Beckett's Shades of the Color Gray5. The Seated Figure on Beckett's Stage6. Beckett's Devious Interventions, or Fun with Cube Roots7. Beckett's-What?-Romanticism8. Beckett's Beckett: So Many Words for Silence9. "Traces blurs signs": Where Beckett Meets Ibsen 10. Suitcases, Sand and Dry GoodsAddendum To What?: The No-Thing that Knows No Name and the Empty Envelope Blissfully Reconsidered