What does psychoanalysis have to offer to anyone reading Samuel Beckett today? How are we to understand Beckett's renowned attraction to the negative, negation and, more widely, negativity in terms other than the earlier cliched perception of ...
Beckett as a tragic nihilist? How can Beckett's personal experience of exile and estrangement be related to his mature writings? Focusing on Beckett's major post-war works, this book attempts to offer a critical challenge to the accepted viewpoints of Beckett's radical negative status not only within psychoanalytic literary criticism with its reductive Freudian motifs, but within Beckett criticism at large. Using the insights of W.R.Bion, Beckett's former analyst, and D. Winnicott, the key themes of emptiness, absence, and negativity, are seen here to have a constructive and creative value. They serve Beckett's art and not the other way round. Who Godot is, or where Godot is, are questions that need never matter.
Number of pages: 248
Date of publication: 18/02/2011
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