Critique of Beckett Criticism: A Guide to Research in English, French, and German

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Boydell & Brewer, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 173 pages
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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is an important figure in 20th century literary history: his plays, such as Waiting for Godot and Endgame, have acquired a world-wide reputation, and his novels have proved important touchstones for the critical debates in contemporary literary theory. Born in Dublin, Beckett spent most of his writing life in France and wrote equally well in French and English; his German was also fluent, allowing him to direct his own plays in German theatres. Any attempt to deal with Beckett must therefore consider the critical response his works have provoked in all three languages. A Critique of Beckett Criticism is the first attempt in book form to give a comprehensive survey of the history and scope of Beckett criticism in French, English, and German. Three parallel chapters examine the three major strands of Beckett criticism, retracing its development using a historical perspective and pointing out different trends, currents and fashions in opinion. Directions for further research are also suggested. P.J. MURPHY is a lecturer in contemporary British literature at the University College of the Cariboo, British Columbia; WERNER HUBER is a professor of English literature at Chemnitz University of Technology; ROLF BREUER is professor of English literature at the University of Paderborn; KONRAD SCHOELL is professor of French literature at the Pädagogische Hochschule Erfurt.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Beckett Criticism in English
7
Manuscript Holdings and Catalogs
8
Editions Concordances and Textual Studies
9
Biography and Related Studies
11
Special Issues of Periodicals
12
Collections of Criticism
13
Some Early Studies
17
Studies of Other Topics
56
Sources Parallels and Literary Contacts
61
Beckett Criticism in French
67
Biography and Related Studies
68
Special Issues of Periodicals
69
Collections of Criticism
71
Beckett Criticism in German
93
Studies of the Prose
99

General Studies
21
Studies of the Prose
27
Studies of the Drama
40
Studies of the Poetry
54
Studies of the Poetry
107
Conclusion
117
Acronyms and Abbreviations
163
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