Skip to main content
×
×
Home
Beckett's Political Imagination
  • Export citation
  • Recommend to librarian
  • Recommend this book

    Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this book to your organisation's collection.

    Beckett's Political Imagination
    • Online ISBN: 9781108284011
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108284011
    Please enter your name
    Please enter a valid email address
    Who would you like to send this to *
    ×
  • Buy the print book

Book description

Beckett's Political Imagination charts unexplored territory: it investigates how Beckett's bilingual texts re-imagine political history, and documents the conflicts and controversies through which Beckett's political consciousness and affirmations were mediated. The book offers a startling account of Beckett's work, tracing the many political causes that framed his writing, commitments, collaborations and friendships, from the Scottsboro Boys to the Black Panthers, from Irish communism to Spanish republicanism to Algerian nationalism, and from campaigns against Irish and British censorship to anti-Apartheid and international human rights movements. Emilie Morin reveals a very different writer, whose career and work were shaped by a unique exposure to international politics, an unconventional perspective on political action and secretive political engagements. The book will benefit students, researchers and readers who want to think about literary history in different ways and are interested in Beckett's enduring appeal and influence.

Reviews

‘This book is a revolution in Beckett studies: one will speak of before and after Emilie Morin. Thanks to her skills at unearthing forgotten archives, a new Beckett emerges, not just a political Beckett, but also a writer whose art, steeped in politics, preoccupied by the burning issues of the moment, never forgets the ethical limits it sets to itself. Here is an indispensable guide for all Beckett lovers.’

Jean-Michel Rabaté - University of Pennsylvania

'It seemed for a long while that a book able to address the difficult question of Beckett’s politics would, like Godot, never arrive. Emilie Morin’s Beckett’s Political Imagination offers a series of finely wrought and formidably well-researched reflections on the ways in which Beckett’s work is woven into its rich political contexts. In doing so, it produces a definitive account of the texture and purchase of his political imagination, which will have a transformative impact on our understanding of Beckett’s writing.’

Peter Boxall - University of Sussex

‘A work of passion and truth, in which the forms and styles of Beckett's art are unerringly linked to his search for liberation. An audaciously social interpretation of this deeply personal writer.’

Declan Kiberd - University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Refine List
Actions for selected content:
Select all | Deselect all
  • View selected items
  • Export citations
  • Download PDF (zip)
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to Dropbox
  • Send to Google Drive
  • Send content to

    To send content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about sending content to .

    To send content items to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

    Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

    Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

    Please be advised that item(s) you selected are not available.
    You are about to send
    ×

Save Search

You can save your searches here and later view and run them again in "My saved searches".

Please provide a title, maximum of 40 characters.
×
Adorno Theodor W.Commitment’. Translated by McDonagh Francis. New Left Review I, 8788 (1974): 7589.
Adorno Theodor W. Notes sur Beckett. Translated by David Christophe. Caen: Nous, 2008.
Adorno Theodor W.Trying to Understand Endgame’. Translated by Jones Michael T.. New German Critique 26 (1982): 119–50.
Adorno Theodor W. Boehlich Walter, Esslin Martin, Falkenberg Hans-Geert and Fischer Ernst. ‘“Optimistisch zu denken ist kriminell”: Eine Fernsehdiskussion über Samuel Beckett’. Frankfurter Adorno Blätter 3 (1994): 78122.
Badiou Alain. On Beckett, edited by Power Nina and Toscano Alberto. Manchester: Clinamen, 2003.
Bair Deirdre. Samuel Beckett: A Biography. London: Jonathan Cape, 1978.
Barry Elizabeth. ‘Beckett, Bourdieu and the Resistance to Consumption’. Modernist Cultures 2, no. 1 (2010): 3141.
Barry Elizabeth. ‘Translating Nationalism: Ireland, France and Military History in Beckett's Mercier et Camier’. Irish Studies Review 13, no. 4 (2005): 505–15.
Bixby Patrick. ‘The Ethico-Politics of Homo-ness: Beckett's How It Is and Casement's Black Diaries’. Irish Studies Review 20, no. 3 (2012): 243–61.
Bixby Patrick. Samuel Beckett and the Postcolonial Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Blackman Jackie. ‘Beckett Judaizing Beckett: A “Jew from Greenland” in Paris’. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 18 (2007): 325–40.
Boxall Peter. ‘Samuel Beckett: Towards a Political Reading’. Irish Studies Review 10, no. 2 (2002): 159–70.
Boxall Peter. Since Beckett: Contemporary Writing in the Wake of Modernism. London: Continuum, 2009.
Boxall Peter. ed. Beckett/Aesthetics/Politics. Special section of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 9 (2000): 207–94.
Bradby David. Beckett: Waiting for Godot. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Casanova Pascale. Samuel Beckett: Anatomy of a Literary Revolution. Translated by Elliott Gregory. London: Verso, 2006.
Casanova Pascale. The World Republic of Letters. Translated by DeBevoise M. B.. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.
Craig George, Fehsenfeld Martha Dow, Gunn Dan and Overbeck Lois More, eds. The Letters of Samuel Beckett, vol. 2: 1941–1956. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Craig George, Fehsenfeld Martha Dow, Gunn Dan and Overbeck Lois More, The Letters of Samuel Beckett, vol. 3: 1957–1965. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Craig George, Fehsenfeld Martha Dow, Gunn Dan and Overbeck Lois More, The Letters of Samuel Beckett, vol. 4: 1966–1989. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Cronin Anthony. Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist. 1996. London: Flamingo, 1997.
Dow Fehsenfeld Martha, and Overbeck Lois More, eds. The Letters of Samuel Beckett, vol. 1: 1929–1940. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Duerfahrd Lance. The Work of Poverty: Samuel Beckett's Vagabonds and the Theater of Crisis. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2013.
Eagleton Terry. Heathcliff and the Great Hunger: Studies in Irish Culture. London: Verso, 1995.
Eagleton Terry. ‘Political Beckett?’ New Left Review 40 (2006): 6774.
Elam Keir. ‘Catastrophic Mistakes: Beckett, Havel, the End’. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 3 (1994): 128.
Engelberts Matthijs. ‘Théâtre et oppression dans Catastrophe de Samuel Beckett: Réflexivité moderniste et référence politique’. Revue d'histoire du théâtre 50 (1998): 169–90.
Feldman Matthew. Beckett's Books: A Cultural History of Samuel Beckett's ‘Interwar Notes’. London: Continuum, 2006.
Fischer Ernst. Art against Ideology. Translated by Bostock Anna. London: Allen Lane, Penguin Press, 1969.
Fox Michael David. ‘“There's Our Catastrophe”: Empathy, Sacrifice, and the Stageing of Suffering in Beckett's Theatre’. New Theatre Quarterly 17, no. 4 (2001): 357–72.
Friedman Alan Warren, ed. Beckett in Black and Red: The Translations for Nancy Cunard's Negro (1934). Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2000.
Füger Wilhelm. ‘The First Berlin Godot: Beckett's Debut on the German Stage’. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 11 (2001): 5763.
Gaffney Phyllis. ‘Dante, Manzoni, De Valera, Beckett …? Circumlocutions of a Storekeeper: Beckett and Saint-Lô’. Irish University Review 29, no. 2 (1999): 256–80.
Gaffney Phyllis. ‘Neither Here nor There: Ireland, Saint-Lô, and Beckett's First Novel in French’. Journal of Beckett Studies 9, no. 1 (1999): 126.
Gibson Andrew. ‘Beckett, de Gaulle and the Fourth Republic 1944–49: L'Innommable and En attendant Godot’. Limit(e) Beckett 1 (2010). http://www.limitebeckett.paris-sorbonne.fr/.
Gibson Andrew. ‘Beckett, Vichy, Maurras, and the Body: Premier amour and Nouvelles’. Irish University Review 45, no. 2 (2015): 281301.
Gibson Andrew. ‘Franco-Irish Beckett: Mercier et Camier in 1945–6’. In Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies, edited by Fifield Peter and Addyman David, 1938. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
Gibson Andrew. Samuel Beckett. London: Reaktion, 2009.
Golden Sean. ‘Familiars in a Ruinstrewn Land: Endgame as Political Allegory’. Contemporary Literature 22, no. 4 (1981): 425–55.
Gontarski S. E., ed. The Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.
Gordon Lois. The World of Samuel Beckett, 1906–1946. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.
Hansen Jim. ‘Samuel Beckett's Catastrophe and the Theater of Pure Means’. Contemporary Literature 49, no. 4 (2008): 660–82.
Hansen Jim. Terror and Irish Modernism: The Gothic Tradition from Burke to Beckett. Albany: SUNY Press, 2009.
Harmon Maurice, ed. No Author Better Served: The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett and Alan Schneider. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.
Harrington John. The Irish Beckett. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1991.
Hill Leslie. ‘“Up the Republic!”: Beckett, Writing, Politics’. MLN 112, no. 5 (1997): 909–28.
Houston Jones David. Samuel Beckett and Testimony. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Huber Werner. ‘Godot, Gorba, and Glasnost: Beckett in East Germany’. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 2 (1993): 4958.
Katz Daniel. ‘What Remains of Beckett: Evasion and History’. In Beckett and Phenomenology, edited by Maude Ulrika and Feldman Matthew, 144–57. London: Continuum, 2009.
Kennedy Seán, ed. Beckett and Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Kennedy Seán, ed. Historicising Beckett. Special section of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui (2015): 21131.
Kennedy Seán, and Weiss Katherine, eds. Samuel Beckett: History, Memory, Archive. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Kiberd Declan. Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation. London: Vintage, 1996.
Knowlson James. Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett. London: Bloomsbury, 1996.
Knowlson James. and Haynes John. Images of Beckett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Haynes John. and Knowlson Elizabeth, eds. Beckett Remembering/Remembering Beckett. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2006.
Kubiak Anthony. Stages of Terror: Terrorism, Ideology, and Coercion as Theatre History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991.
Lamont Rosette C.Crossing the Iron Curtain: Political Parables’. In Beckett Translating/Translating Beckett, edited by Friedman Alan Warren, Rossman Charles and Sherzer Dina, 7784. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1987.
Lamont Rosette C.Samuel Beckett's Wandering Jew’. In Reflections of the Holocaust in Literature, edited by Braham Randolph L., 3553. Boulder, CO: Social Science Monographs, 1990.
Libera Antoni. ‘Beckett's Catastrophe’. Modern Drama 28, no. 3 (1985): 341–7.
Lloyd David. Anomalous States: Irish Writing and the Postcolonial Moment. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1993.
Lloyd David. Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity 1800–2000: The Transformation of Oral Space. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
McCormack W. J.Samuel Beckett and the Negro Anthology’. Hermathena (1992): 7392.
McMullan Anna. ‘Irish/Postcolonial Beckett’. In Palgrave Advances in Samuel Beckett Studies, edited by Oppenheim Lois, 89109. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
McNaughton James. ‘Samuel Beckett's “Echo's Bones”: Politics and Entailment in the Irish Free State’. Modern Fiction Studies 60, no. 2 (2014): 320–44.
Miller Tyrus. ‘Beckett's Political Technology: Expression, Confession, and Torture in the Later Drama’. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 9 (2000): 255–78.
Miller Tyrus. ‘Dismantling Authenticity: Beckett, Adorno, and the “Post-War”’. Textual Practice 8, no. 1 (1994): 4357.
Mooney Sinéad. A Tongue Not Mine: Beckett and Translation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Moorjani Angela. ‘Beckett's Molloy in the French Context’. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 25 (2013): 93108.
Morin Emilie. ‘Beckett, Samuel Johnson and the “Vacuity of Life”’. Beckett/Philosophy, edited by Feldman Matthew and Mamdani Karim, spec. issue, Sofia Philosophical Review 5, no. 1 (2011): 228–50.
Morin Emilie. Samuel Beckett and the Problem of Irishness. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Morin Emilie. ‘Samuel Beckett, the Wordless Song and the Pitfalls of Memorialisation’. Irish Studies Review 19, no. 2 (2011): 185205.
Morresi Renata. Nancy Cunard: America, modernismo, negritudine. Urbino: Edizione QuattroVenti, 2007.
Murphy David. ‘“I Was Terribly Frightened at Times”: Irish Men and Women in the French Resistance and F Section of SOE, 1940–5’. In Franco-Irish Military Connections, 1590–1945, edited by Genet-Rouffiac Nathalie and Murphy David, 269–94. Dublin: Four Courts, 2009.
Murphy David. ‘Paddy fait de la résistance. Les Irlandais dans la Résistance française et la section F du SOE, 1940–1945’. Revue historique des armées 253 (2008), http://rha.revues.org/.
Nixon Mark. ‘Chronology of Beckett's Journey to Germany 1936–1937 (Based on the German Diaries)’. Journal of Beckett Studies 19, no. 2 (2010): 245–72.
Nixon Mark. Samuel Beckett's German Diaries, 1936–1937. London: Continuum, 2011.
Nixon Mark. ed. Publishing Samuel Beckett. London: British Library, 2011.
Nixon Mark. and Feldman Matthew, eds. The International Reception of Samuel Beckett. London: Continuum, 2009.
O'Reilly Edouard Magessa, ed. Comment c'est/How It Is and/et L'Image: A Critical-Genetic Edition. By Beckett Samuel. New York: Routledge, 2001.
Oppenheim Lois. ‘Playing with Beckett's Plays: On Sontag in Sarajevo and Other Directorial Infidelities’. Journal of Beckett Studies 4, no. 2 (1995): 3546.
Pearson Nels C.“Outside of Here It's Death”: Co-Dependency and the Ghosts of Decolonization in Beckett's Endgame’. ELH 68, no. 1 (2001): 215–39.
Perloff Marjorie. ‘“In Love with Hiding”: Samuel Beckett's War’. Iowa Review 35, no. 1 (2005): 76103.
Piette Adam. ‘Torture, Text, Human Rights: Beckett's Comment c'est/How It Is and the Algerian War’. In Around 1945: Literature, Citizenship, Rights, ed. Hepburn Allan, 151–74. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.
Pilling John. Beckett's Dream Notebook. Reading: Beckett International Foundation, 1999.
Pilling John. A Samuel Beckett Chronology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Quigley Mark. Empire's Wake: Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.
Rabillard Sheila. ‘The Body in Beckett: Dénégation and the Critique of a Depoliticised Theatre’. Criticism 34, no. 1 (1992): 99118.
Roach Joseph. ‘“All the Dead Voices”: The Landscape of Famine in Waiting for Godot’. In Land/Scape/Theater, edited by Fuchs Elinor and Chaudhuri Una, 8493. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.
Ronen Ilan. ‘Waiting for Godot as Political Theater’. In Directing Beckett, edited by Oppenheim Lois, 239–49. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994.
Roof Judith A.Staging the Ideology behind the Power: Pinter's One for the Road and Beckett's Catastrophe. Pinter Review 2, no 1 (1988): 818.
Sandarg Robert. ‘A Political Perspective on Catastrophe. In Make Sense Who May: Essays on Samuel Beckett's Later Works, edited by Davis Robin J. and Butler Lance St John, 137–44. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1988.
Schonmann Shifra. ‘Between Text and Counter-Text: Theatre in Search of Political Meaning’. Contemporary Theatre Review 3, no. 2 (1995): 171–80.
Sheehan Paul. ‘Waiting for Nothing: Commitment, Resistance, and Godot's Underground Ancestry’. In In Dialogue with Godot: Waiting and Other Thoughts, edited by Ghosh Ranjan, 99112. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2013.
Simonin Anne. Les Editions de Minuit, 1942–1955: Le devoir d'insoumission. Paris: IMEC, 2008.
Smith Russell, ed. Beckett and Ethics. London: Continuum, 2008.
Stacey Sarah Alyn. ‘Patria non immemor: Ireland and the Liberation of France’. In Southern Ireland and the Liberation of France: New Perspectives, edited by Morgan Gerald and Hughes Gavin, 122. Bern: Peter Lang, 2011.
Stonebridge Lyndsey. Placeless People: Rights, Writing and Refugees. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
Sussman Henry, and Devenney Christopher, eds. Engagement and Indifference: Beckett and the Political. Albany: SUNY Press, 2001.
Tophoven Erika. Becketts Berlin. Berlin: Nicolaische Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2005.
Uhlmann Anthony. Beckett and Poststructuralism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Weisberg David. Chronicles of Disorder: Samuel Beckett and the Cultural Politics of the Modern Novel. Albany: SUNY Press, 2000.
Ulin Julieann. ‘“Buried! Who would have buried her?”: Famine “Ghost Graves” in Samuel Beckett's Endgame’. In Hungry Words: Images of Famine in the Irish Canon, edited by Cusack George and Gross Sarah, 197222. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006.
Wills Clair. That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland during the Second World War. London: Faber, 2007.

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 6
Total number of PDF views: 163 *
Loading metrics...

Book summary page views

Total views: 507 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 31st August 2017 - 18th December 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.