Beckett and the Modern Novel

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Title: Beckett and the Modern Novel
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ISBN10: 1107029848
ISBN13: 978-1107029842
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 22, 2012)
Language: English
Subcategory: History & Criticism
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Pages: 228 pages
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Samuel Beckett's narrative innovations are among his most important contributions to twentieth-century literature. Yet contemporary Beckett scholarship rarely considers the effect of his literary influences on the evolution of his narrative techniques, focusing instead on Beckett's philosophical implications. In this study, John Bolin challenges the utility of reading Beckett through a narrow philosophical lens, tracing new avenues for understanding Beckett's work - and by extension, the form of the modern novel - by engaging with English, French, German, and Russian literature. Presenting new empirical evidence drawn from major archives in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States, Bolin demonstrates Beckett's preoccupation with what he termed the 'European novel': a lineage running from Sade to Stendhal, Dostoevsky, Gide, Sartre, and Celine. Through close readings of Beckett's manuscripts and novels up to and including The Unnamable, Bolin provides a new account of how Beckett's fiction grew out of his changing compositional practice, even as he moved beyond early exemplars.