Creative Involution

Bergson, Beckett, Deleuze

S.E. Gontarski

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An original philosophical approach to one of the 20th century’s most important literary figures

Creative Involution: Bergson, Beckett Deleuze focuses on a force, on a philosophical trajectory that not only had a profound impact on critical thought of the 20th and now 21st centuries, but on cosmopolitan, contemporary culture more broadly and on artistic experiment and expression in particular.

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I: “All the dead voices”: A Preface
II: “A Mixed Choir” from The Ditch of Astonishment: An Introduction
III: The Invention of the Modern: A Symbiotic Remapping
Chapter IV: “Thought thinks in its own right”: A. A. Luce, Samuel Beckett, and Bergson’s Doctrine of Failure
V: Towards a Creative Involution and Transcendental Empiricism
VI: “What it is to have been”: Movement, Multiplicity, and Representation
VII: A Theatre of Deterritorialization and The Questions We Ask
VIII: Beyond the Shadow: Acts of Unceasing Creation
IX: Becoming Degree Zero: Authors Vanishing into the Zone of Imperceptibility
Gontarski, one of our finest Beckett scholars, presents a rich plethora of speculative contexts...
Jacek Gutorow, University of Opole, Explorations: A Journal of Language and Literature, 4
A book on Beckett and Bergson is long overdue. Creative Involution offers a new and exciting angle that is of crucial importance to the understanding of the author's work. This groundbreaking monograph is a notable contribution to Beckett studies.
Dr Ulrika Maude, University of Bristol
S. E. Gontarski is Robert O. Lawton University Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at Florida State University. He is the author and editor of many publications the most recent of which are: Burroughs Unbound: William Burroughs and the Performance of Writing (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021) and Tennessee Williams, T-shirt Modernism and the Refashionings of Theater (Anthem Impact Books, 2021). He is also the author of Beckett Matters: Essays on Beckett’s Late Modernism (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and Creative Involution: Bergson, Beckett, Deleuze (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and the editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2014)

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