The International Reception of Samuel Beckett (Continuum Reception Studies)

The International Reception of Samuel Beckett (Continuum Reception Studies)

By: Mark Nixon (editor), Matthew Feldman (editor)Hardback

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Over the last decade, Samuel Beckett's popularity has rocketed around the world and he is increasingly recognised as one of the most important and influential writers of the twentieth century but there has been very little scholarly work on Beckett's reception outside Europe. This comprehensive volume brings together essays from leading critics on Beckett's international critical reception. Due to Beckett's linguistic and artistic abilities, he was intimately involved in the translation and production of his writings in German, French, English and Spanish; and consequently countries using these languages have sophisticated critical traditions. However, many other countries have adopted Beckett as their own, from places where he lived for lengthy periods of his life (England, France, Ireland and Germany), to those finding directly applicable political messages in his work (such as ex-Soviet states including the Czech Republic and Romania), and those countries whose national literary traditions bear heavily upon his work (e.g. Norway and Italy). This fascinating volume reveals Beckett's evolving critical reception from contemporary reviews to the present.

About Author

Matthew Feldman is Lecturer in Twentieth Century History at the University of Northampton, UK. Mark Nixon is Research Fellow at the Beckett International Foundation at the University of Reading, UK.


Timeline; Introduction, (University of Reading and University of Northampton, UK); 1. Beckett and Germany, Gaby Hartel (Berlin, Germany), Thomas Irmer (Berlin, Germany) and Klaus Volker (Berlin, Germany); 2. Shades of Negativity and Self-Reflexivity: The Reception of Beckett in German Literary Studies, Eckart Voigts-Virchow (University of Siegen, Germany); 3. Beckett and France, Mark Nixon (University of Reading, UK); 4. Beckett Among the Philosophes: The Critical Reception of Samuel Beckett in France, Shane Weller (University of Kent) 5. Samuel Beckett in the Low Countries, Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp, Belgium); 6. Thinking of 'a rhyme for "Euganean'": Beckett in Italy, Daniela Caselli (University of Manchester); 7. Beckett and Britain, Mary Bryden (University of Northampton, UK); 8. Beckett's Nordic Reception, Ulrika Maude (University of Durham, UK); 9. Beckett and Poland, Marek Kedzierski (Freiburg, Germany); 10. Samuel Beckett Behind the Iron Curtain, Octavian Siau (University of Otago, New Zealand); 11. A Long Time Coming: The Critical Response to Samuel Beckett in Spain and Portugal, Jose Francisco Fernandez (University of Almeria, Spain); 12. Beckett and the US, Stan Gontarski (Florida State University, USA); 13. Beckett: China and Hong Kong, Jianxi Lie (Lignan University, Hong Kong) and Michael Ingham (Lignan University, Hong Kong); 14. Japanese Reception of Samuel Beckett, Yoshiki Tajiri (University of Tokyo, Japan); 15. The Reception of Beckett in Contemporary Japanese Theatre, Mariko Hori Tanaka (Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan); 16. Beckett in New Zealand, Chris Ackerley, (University of Otago, New Zealand); 17. International Reception of Beckett: Australia, Russell Smith (Australian National University, Australia); 18. Samuel Beckett's Reception in Ireland, Sean Kennedy (St. Mary's University, Canada); Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780826495815
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 324
  • ID: 9780826495815
  • weight: 631
  • ISBN10: 0826495818

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