A Taste for the Negative: Beckett and Nihilism

Weller, Shane (2005) A Taste for the Negative: Beckett and Nihilism. Legenda, Oxford, 224 pp. ISBN 1904713084. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Since the mid-1950s, when the works of Samuel Beckett began to attract sustained critical attention, commentators have tended either to dismiss his oeuvre as nihilist or to defend it as anti-nihilist. On the one side are figures such as Georg Lukács; on the other some of the most influential philosophers and literary theorists of the post-war era, from Theodor Adorno to Alain Badiou. Taking as my point of departure Nietzsche’s description of nihilism as the ‘uncanniest of all guests’ (unheimlichste aller Gäste), in A Taste for the Negative I call this entire critical tradition into question, arguing that the complex relationship between Beckett’s texts and nihilism will always be missed by those who are simply for or against Beckett.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Shane Weller
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2012 16:15
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 09:18
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