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Description - Beckett and Badiou by Andrew Gibson

Beckett and Badiou offers a provocative new reading of Samuel Beckett's work on the basis of a full, critical account of the thought of Alain Badiou. Badiou is the most eminent of contemporary French philosophers. His devotion to Beckett's work has been lifelong. Yet for Badiou philosophy must be integrally affirmative, whilst Beckett apparently commits his art to a work of negation. Beckett and Badiou explores the coherences, contradictions, and extreme complexities of the intellectual relationship between the two oeuvres. It examines Badiou's philosophy of being, the event, truth, and the subject and the importance of mathematics within his system. It considers the major features of his politics, ethics, and aesthetics and provides an explanation, interpretation, critique, and radical revision of his work on Beckett. It argues that, once revised, Badiou's version of Beckett offers an extraordinarily powerful tool for understanding his work. Badiou and Beckett are instances of a vestigial or melancholic modernism; that is, in the teeth of a contemporary culture that dreams ever more ambitiously of plenitude, they commit themselves to a rigorous concept of limit and intermittency. Truth and value are occasional and rare. It is seldom that the chance event arrives to disturb the inertia of the world. For Badiou, however, it is the event and its consequences alone that matter. Beckett rather insists on the common experience of intermittency as destitution. His art is a series of limit-figures, exquisitely subtle and nuanced forms for a world whose state of seemingly rigid paralysis is also always volatile, delicately balanced.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199207756
ISBN-10: 0199207755
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 164mm x 27mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew Gibson

Dr. Andrew Gibson is Research Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr. Gibson was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2003-2005) to write Beckett and Badiou. He is trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation, permanent Advisory Editor to the James Joyce Quarterly and Founder/Organizer of the London University Seminar for Research into Joyce's Ulysses. He is a member of the International Association of University Professors in English, of the editorial board of Critical Zone and of the Advisory Board of the London Network for Modern Textual Studies.

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