Falsifying Beckett

Essays on Archives, Philosophy, and Methodology in Beckett Studies

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Falsifying Beckett
Essays on Archives, Philosophy, and Methodology in Beckett Studies
About the book


The dozen essays brought together here, alongside a newly-written introduction, contextualize and exemplify the recent "empirical turn" in Beckett studies. Characterized, above all, by recourse to manuscript materials in constructing revisionist interpretations, this approach has helped to transform the study of Samuel Beckett over the past generation. In addition to focusing upon Beckett's early immersion in philosophy and psychology, other chapters similarly analyze his later collaboration with the BBC through the lens of literary history. Falsifying Beckett thus offers new readings of Beckett by returning to his archive of notebooks, letters, and drafts. In reassessing key aspects of his development as one of the 20th century's leading artists, this collection is of interest to all students of Beckett’s writing as well as "historicist" scholars and critics of modernism more generally.
The author

About the author

Matthew Feldman is Professor in the Modern History of Ideas at Teesside University, UK.


"Matthew Feldman has been one of the leading Beckett scholars of the past generation. These essays cumulatively testify to the standards he has set for empirical and archival research in this field. That we now speak of the "grey canon"- the archive of notebooks and unpublished papers that have transformed our understanding of Beckett's debts and influences - is in no small part due to Feldman's ground-breaking interventions."
Rónán McDonald, Director of the Global Irish Studies Centre at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

"The common thread running through this richly furnished volume is the sheer diversity of ideas, echoes, and influences playing into the creative imagination of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Matthew Feldman’s nuanced analyses emerge from many years of sustained engagement with Beckett’s notebooks and drafts, and with the intellectual environment which surrounded their production. These insightful essays offer the reader an illuminating journey through Beckett’s writing and its cultural milieu. They will be indispensable for any serious scholar of Beckett."
Mary Bryden, Professor of French Studies, University of Reading

"For myself, one (of the many) young Beckett scholar(s) to benefit from Feldman’s scholarly generosity, I am happy to read the collection as an intellectual autobiography. Feldman […] challenge us […] to reflect again on the importance of Beckett’s reading of ancient and contemporary philosophy."
Arthur Rose, Journal of Beckett Studies 2018 27.1
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Matthew Feldman, Erik Tonning
Number of pages 302
Language English
Publication date Apr 1, 2015
Weight (kg) 0.2500
ISBN-13 9783838206363