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The Unnamable

by Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release Date: 2012-10-04
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 176 pages
ISBN 13: 0571266924
ISBN 10: 9780571266920
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The Unnamable - so named because he knows not who he may be - is from a nameless place. He speaks of previous selves ('all these Murphys, Molloys, and Malones...') as diversions from the need to stop speaking altogether. But, as with the other novels in the trilogy, the prose is full of marvellous precisions, full of its own reasons for keeping going. ...perhaps the words have carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it opens, it will be I, will be the silence, where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on.
The Unnamable
Language: en
Authors: H. Lovecraft
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-09-02 - Publisher: Litres

Carter, a weird fiction writer, meets with his close friend, Joel Manton, in a cemetery near an old, dilapidated house on Meadow Hill in the town of Arkham, Massachusetts. As the two sit upon a weathered tomb, Carter tells Manton the tale of an indescribable entity that allegedly haunts the house and surrounding area. He contends that because such an entity cannot be perceived by the five senses, it becomes impossible to quantify and accurately describe, thus earning itself the term unnamable. As the narration closes, this unnamable presence attacks both Carter and Manton. Both men survive and awaken later at St. Mary’s hospital. They suffer from various lacerations, including scarring from a large horn-shaped object and bruises in the shape of hoof-prints on their backs.
The Unnamable Archipelago: Wounds of the Postcolonial in Postwar Japanese Literature and Thought
Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Dennitza Gabrakova
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-05-09 - Publisher: BRILL

In The Unnamable Archipelago: Wounds of the Postcolonial in Postwar Japanese Literature and Thought, Dennitza Gabrakova discusses how the Island imagery shapes a critical understanding of Japan on multiple intersections of trauma and sovereignty in texts from the 1960s onwards.
Samuel Beckett and the Politics of Aftermath
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: James McNaughton
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-08-09 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Samuel Beckett and the Politics of Aftermath explores Beckett's literary responses to the political maelstroms of his formative and middle years: the Irish civil war and the crisis of commitment in 1930s Europe, the rise of fascism and the atrocities of World War II. Archive yields a Beckett who monitored propaganda in speeches and newspapers, and whose creative work engages with specific political strategies, rhetoric, and events. Finally, Beckett's political aesthetic sharpens into focus. Deep within form, Beckett models ominous historical developments as surely as he satirizes artistic and philosophical interpretations that overlook them. He burdens aesthetic production with guilt: imagination and language, theater and narrative, all parallel political techniques. Beckett comically embodies conservative religious and political doctrines; he plays Irish colonial history against contemporary European horrors; he examines aesthetic complicity in effecting atrocity and covering it up. This book offers insightful, original, and vivid readings of Beckett's work up to Three Novels and Endgame.
The Unnameable Monster in Literature and Film
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Maria Beville
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-10-30 - Publisher: Routledge

This book visits the 'Thing' in its various manifestations as an unnameable monster in literature and film, reinforcing the idea that the very essence of the monster is its excess and its indeterminacy. Tied primarily to the artistic modes of the gothic, science fiction, and horror, the unnameable monster retains a persistent presence in literary forms as a reminder of the sublime object that exceeds our worst fears. Beville examines various representations of this elusive monster and argues that we must looks at the monster, rather than through it, at ourselves. As such, this book responds to the obsessive manner in which the monsters of literature and culture are ‘managed’ in processes of classification and in claims that they serve a social function by embodying all that is horrible in the human imagination. The book primarily considers literature from the Romantic period to the present, and film that leans toward postmodernism. Incorporating disciplines such as cultural theory, film theory, literary criticism, and continental philosophy, it focuses on that most difficult but interesting quality of the monster, its unnameability, in order to transform and accelerate current readings of not only the monsters of literature and film, but also those that are the focus of contemporary theoretical discussion.
What’s in a Text? Inquiries into the Textual Cornucopia
Language: en
Pages: 295
Authors: Adam Głaz, Hubert Kowalewski, Anna Weremczuk
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-15 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Numerous linguists of various orientations, translators and literary scholars share an interest in text. As students of language with very diverse interests and aims, they ask themselves, if only subconsciously, the following questions: What kind(s) of texts do we study? Why do we study them? What are we looking for? What do and don’t we find? What do we do with whatever we do find? What does it tell us about language, its speakers or the human mind? Generally, what is (a) text for me as a linguist and/or translator? In the present volume, the questions are brought onto the level of the conscious and addressed by several practitioners in the fields of linguistics and translation – contributions with a literary slant also have a linguistic orientation. Although ultimate answers to these questions may not exist, the ambition of the book is to help the reader appreciate the richness of text and the variety of texts as a treasure-trove for scholars representing multifarious approaches to language.
After Beckett
Language: en
Pages: 624
Authors: Anthony Uhlmann, Sjef Houppermans, Bruno Clément
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004 - Publisher: Rodopi

This volume constitutes a collection of over 40 articles selected from contributions to the Sydney Symposium of January 2003 that - as a part of an International Sydney Festival - was one of the major events related to Samuel Beckett of the last decade. The three sections of the book reflect the most vibrant fields of research in Beckett studies today: Intertextuality and Theory, Philosophy and Theory and Textual Genesis, Contextual Genesis and Language. Scholars from all over the world participating in this collection testify to the durable and universal nature of interest in Beckett's work.
Samuel Beckett and the Terror of Literature
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Christopher Langlois
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-06-09 - Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Samuel Beckett and the Terror of Literature addresses the relevance of terror to understanding the violence, the suffering, and the pain experienced by the narrative voices of Beckett's major post-1945 works in prose: The Unnamable, Texts for Nothing, How It Is, Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, and Worstward Ho. Through a sustained dialogue with the theoretical work of Maurice Blanchot, it accomplishes a systematic interrogation of what happens in the space of literature when writing, and first of all Beckett's, encounters the language of terror, thereby giving new significance - ethical, ontological, and political - to what speaks in Beckett's texts.a a
Literature and Film, Dispositioned
Language: en
Pages: 180
Authors: Alice Gavin
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-09-23 - Publisher: Springer

Literature and Film, Dispositioned looks to twentieth-century literature's encounter with film as a means to thinking about the locations of thought in literature and literature's location in the world. It includes readings of works by James Joyce, Henry James, and Samuel Beckett, whose Film (1965) forms a concluding focus.
Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts
Language: en
Pages: 512
Authors: S.E. Gontarski
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-02-07 - Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

A landmark collection showcasing the diversity of Samuel Beckett's creative output The 35 original chapters in this Companion capture the continued vitality of Beckett studies in drama, music and the visual arts and establish rich and varied cultural contexts for Beckett's work world-wide. As well as considering topics such as Beckett and science, historiography, geocriticism and philosophy, the volume focuses on the post-centenary impetus within Beckett studies, emphasising a return to primary sources amid letters, drafts, and other documents. Major Beckett critics such as Steven Connor, David Lloyd, Andrew Gibson, John Pilling, Jean-Michel Rabate, and Mark Nixon, as well as emerging researchers, present the latest critical thinking in 9 key areas: Art & Aesthetics; The Body; Fiction; Film, Radio & Television; Global Beckett; Language / Writing; Philosophy; Reading; and Theatre & Performance. Edited by eminent Beckett scholar S. E. Gontarski, the Companion draws on the most vital, ground-breaking research to outline the nature of Beckett studies for the next generation.
Zone of Evaporation
Language: en
Pages: 212
Authors: Paul Stewart
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-01-01 - Publisher: BRILL

Zone of Evaporation: Samuel Beckett’s Disjunctions is a valuable, and very readable, addition to Beckett studies. From Dream of Fair to Middling Women to How It Is, the book traces the modes of disjunction Beckett employed in his effort to “eff the ineffable”. From the comic incongruities of Watt to the ontological gaps of The Unnammable, Zone of Evaporation demonstrates the crucial and consistent role disjunction played in Beckett’s novels. The book describes Beckett’s divergence from Proustian metaphor and the revelation of the “real” towards an art which exploited the gaps and fissures within language and narrative and, ultimately, to an art which would go on to upset the post-structuralism of Jacques Derrida. For those coming fresh to the works, Zone of Evaporation, written with an eye on the comic instincts of Beckett, provides almost a disjunctive guide to Beckett’s early and mid-period novels. To the seasoned Beckett reader, Zone of Evaporation offers an engaging, and challenging, new perspective on Beckett’s aesthetic practice.
Samuel Beckett and Pain
Language: en
Pages: 248
Authors: Paul Stewart
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-01-01 - Publisher: BRILL

Samuel Beckett and Pain is a collection of ten essays which explores the theme of pain in Beckett’s works. Experiencing both physical and psychological pain in the course of his life, Beckett found suffering in human life inevitable, accepted it as a source of inspiration in his writings, and probed it to gain deeper insight into the difficult and emotionally demanding processes of artistic creation, practice and performance. Acknowledging the recent developments in the study of pain in literature and culture, this volume explores various aspects of pain in Beckett’s works, a subject which has been heretofore only sporadically noted. The topics discussed include Beckett’s aesthetics and pain, pain as loss and trauma, pain in relation to palliation, pain at the experience of the limit, pain as archive, and pain as part of everyday life and language. This volume is characterized by its plural, interdisciplinary perspectives covering the fields of literature, theatre, art, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. By suggesting more diverse paths in Beckett studies, the authors hope to make a lasting contribution to contemporary literary studies and other relevant fields.
Encyclopedia of Literary Modernism
Language: en
Pages: 516
Authors: Paul Poplawski
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

Hundreds of A-Z entries map the complex field of literary modernism around the world.