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Ten Ways of Thinking About Samuel Beckett

Enoch Brater


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In this volume of essays addressing the author's drama, novels, short stories and poetry, renowned Beckett scholar Enoch Brater offers a variety of delightfully original, playful and intriguing studies of Beckett's work. For theatre audiences and Beckett readers it will provide a fresh approach to this great writer.
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  • Paperback
    $47.94
ISBN: 9781408137222
ANNOTATION:
In this volume of essays addressing the author's drama, novels, short stories and poetry, renowned Beckett scholar Enoch Brater offers a variety of delightfully original, playful and intriguing studies of Beckett's work. For theatre audiences and Beckett readers it will provide a fresh approach to this great writer.

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In this volume of essays addressing the author's drama, novels, short stories and poetry, renowned Beckett scholar Enoch Brater offers a variety of delightfully original, playful and intriguing studies of Beckett's work. For theatre audiences and Beckett readers it will provide a fresh approach to this great writer.

Publisher Description

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

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Preface Beckett and a Way of Thinking

  1. Things to Ponder while Waiting for Godot
  2. From Dada to Didi: Beckett and the Art of His Century
  3. Beckett's Landscape: What There Is to Recognize
  4. Beckett's Shades of the Color Gray
  5. The Seated Figure on Beckett's Stage
  6. Beckett's Devious Interventions, or Fun with Cube Roots
  7. Beckett's-What?-Romanticism
  8. Beckett's Beckett: So Many Words for Silence
  9. "Traces blurs signs": Where Beckett Meets Ibsen
  10. Suitcases, Sand and Dry Goods Addendum To What?: The No-Thing that Knows No Name and the Empty Envelope Blissfully Reconsidered

Review

'Those who are still intimidated by Beckett's reputation should read Enoch Brater's witty, stimulating, brilliantly discursive reflections on his work. They'll end up finding both the writer and the critic far more entertaining than they dared suspect.' Benedict Nightingale '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 in various genres and media to create a rich and suggestive series of reflections on Beckett's aesthetics.' Robert Gordon, Professor of Drama and Director of the Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London 'Some students find Beckett intimidating, but Enoch Brater's essays are anything but. Ten Ways of Thinking About Samuel Beckett is both witty and approachable...There is a great deal of intelligent analysis here to enlighten anyone working on Beckett, and none of it is too abstruse.' The Stage, June 2011 A series of meditations, a return to first principles and a pushing forward into new syntheses, new ways of thinking, particularly about the art of Samuel Beckett. It is, thus, both a book for beginners, since one always returns to first principles, and one for seasoned readers of Beckett, who are rewarded by those frequent references and allusions to Beckett's work that draw knowing nods from the cognoscenti...One can only hope that such musings, such "speaking correctly," such deliberations on Beckett as the current book displays, are not a valediction. -- S.E. Gontarski, Florida State University Modern Drama

Long Description

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', 'Becket' s Devious Interventions, or Fun with Cube Roots' and 'The Seated Figure on Becket' 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 autho' s unique aesthetic. ..'An eloquent, witty and erudite collection of essays that illuminates Becket' s drama and prose fiction from a number of complementary perspectives. Brate' 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 Becket' s aesthetics.' - Robert Gordon, Professor of Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London..

Review Quote

Those who are still intimidated by Beckett's reputation should read Enoch Brater's witty, stimulating, brilliantly discursive reflections on his work. They'll end up finding both the writer and the critic far more entertaining than they dared suspect.

Promotional "Headline"

In this volume of essays addressing the author's drama, novels, short stories and poetry, renowned Beckett scholar Enoch Brater offers a variety of delightfully original, playful and intriguing studies of Beckett's work. For theatre audiences and Beckett readers it will provide a fresh approach to this great writer.

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Beckett is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century whose work remains central to the study of drama, literature and Irish studies

Product Details

Author
Enoch Brater
Pages
208
Series
Diaries, Letters And Essays
Year
2011
ISBN-10
1408137224
ISBN-13
9781408137222
Format
Paperback
Media
Book
Subtitle
The Falsetto of Reason
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
N/A
Short Title
10 WAYS OF THINKING ABT SAMUEL
Language
English
Residence
MI, US
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication Date
2011-04-24
Audience
College/Higher Education