Beckett, Lacan and the Voice

Beckett, Lacan and the Voice
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The voice traverses Beckett's work in its entirety, defining its space and its structure. Emanating from an indeterminate source situated outside the narrators and characters, while permeating the very words they utter, it proves to be incessant. It can alternatively be violently intrusive, or embody a calming presence. Literary creation will be charged with transforming the mortification it inflicts into a vivifying relationship to language. In the exploration undertaken here, Lacanian psychoanalysis offers the means to approach the voice's multiple and fundamentally paradoxical facets with regards to language that founds the subject's vital relation to existence. Far from seeking to impose a rigid and purely abstract framework, this study aims to highlight the singularity and complexity of Beckett's work, and to outline a potentially vast field of investigation

About the author

Llewellyn Brown is professeur agrégé and teaches French literature at the Lycée international de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. He has published Figures du mensonge littéraire: études sur l'écriture au xxe siècle (2005), L'Esthétique du pli dans l'œuvre de Henri Michaux (2007), Beckett, les fictions brèves: voir et dire (2008), Savoir de l'amour (2012). He directs the 'Samuel Beckett' series for publisher Lettres modernes Minard (Paris).
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“Brown shows expertly how Beckett states once and for all a fundamental irrationality that will be the foundation for his entire œuvre […].
A remarkable book.”—Jean-Michel Rabaté, PhD, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania

“Llewellyn Brown's study Beckett, Lacan and the Voice, unlike many ventures that throw out the baby the better to scrutinise the post-Modernist bathwater, recognises the centrality of the voice in Beckett's creation ('I hear, therefore I am'); but, equally, the way that the voice involves a jouissance that borders on the real.”—Chris Ackerley, PhD, Professor at the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago

“In this enthralling book, Llewellyn Brown achieves the formidable task of opening up a genuine conversation between Beckettian and Lacanian voices.”—Dr Luke Thurston, Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature at Aberystwyth University

"[...] the first convincing Lacanian interpretation of Beckett. The handling of Beckett’s bilingual oeuvre with the combination of the best of both French and English readings of Lacan and Beckett gives it an impressive sweep. It is also a landmark study for extending the Lacanian category of the voice into the literary domain."—Arka Chattopadyhay,, 9 (2016)

"[…] an essay whose argumentative clarity accompanies the reader along a path of listening—that is both demanding and stimulating—to the many voices at work in Beckett."—Stefano Genetti, Studi francesi, 182, LXI/II, 2017

"In Beckett, Lacan and the Voice, Llewellyn Brown delves deeper, in a rigorous and convincing manner, into his study of the voice, by means of which Beckett points out the inadequacy of the signifier/signified couple, in order to account for the subject’s articulation with language."—Sibylle Guipaud, Savoirs et clinique, no. 23, 2017


Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Autor/-in Llewellyn Brown
Herausgeber/-in Paul Stewart
Anzahl der Seiten 470
Sprache Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.03.2016
Gewicht (kg) 0.3850
ISBN-13 9783838208190