Beckett in the Cultural Field / Beckett dans le champ culturel


The thematic part of this volume of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui is devoted mainly to Beckett’s texts of the forties and later, and particularly to those he composed after his adoption of the French language. The essays presented in this part of the current issue attempt to see Beckett as a writer among other authors with whom he connects or competes, to examine his relations with artists, whether Beckett stimulates them or is stimulated by them, and to define his ‘posture’ and his position in the cultural field. How does the budding francophone writer position himself in the cultural field during his difficult beginnings and after his first successes? How can he be situated in relation to the three cultures he is dealing with? What are the parallels between Beckett’s own texts and those of other writers (literary and philosophical), but also between his work and the work of artists of the period? The ten essays in the free-space section of this volume also mainly concern his texts that were first written in French, and situate Beckett in relation to different topics, from Dante to the ‘War on Terror.’

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Part I: Confronting the Arts, Investigating Reception / Confronter les arts, etudier la réception
Robert Reginio: Nothing Doing: Reflections on Samuel Beckett and American Conceptual Art
Joanne Shaw: The Figure in the Landscape in Jack Yeats and in Samuel Beckett
Tram Nguyen: Porosities: Aesthetic Correlations between Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett
Mariko Hori Tanaka: The ‘Freedom’ of Sartre and Beckett: The Flies versus Eleutheria
Dustin Anderson: Zones of Indetermination: Beckett, Bergson and the Monad of Murphy’s Mind
Part II: Entering the Field / Entrer dans le champ
Angela Moorjani: Beckett’s Molloy in the French Context
Julie Campbell: Beckett and the BBC Third Programme
Nadia Louar : Reconfiguration du Champ des Études Beckettiennes: Le règne du ‘Beckett Irlandais’
Free Space
Paul Lawley: “Splitting the Rocks”: Derek Mahon’s Beckett
Thomas Tsakalakis: Beckett’s Film: A Polycentric Parodic Pictorial Parable for Perennial Paradoxes
Andrew Kincaid: Mapping the future: Endgame, Premediation, and the War on Terror
Mary F. Catanzaro: No Way Out: The Effect of Surveillance in The Lost Ones
Julien Carrière: Beckett’s Happy Days and Dante’s Inferno, Canto 10
David Foster: Between Beyonds: Play’s Urns and Their Exhabitants
Gabriela García Hubard : Le chaos: comment c’est
Llewellyn Brown : Voix et illimité dans l’innommable
Tom Vandevelde: “I Open”: Narration in Samuel Beckett’s Cascando
Edward Bizub: Beckett’s Boots: The Crux of Meaning
Contributors / Auteurs