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The Beckett Critical Reader

Archives, Theories and Translations

Edited by S.E. Gontarski


Provides Beckett scholars with a range of first-class essays in a single volume

The Reader makes readily available for the first time 18 major, previously uncollected significant essays from the Journal of Beckett Studies from 1992 to the present. Divided into two sections, Sources and Archives and Theories and Translations, and containing work by some of the world’s leading Beckett scholars (including John Pilling, James Knowlson, Shane Wellar and Mary Bryden) the volume reflects both a distinctive European emphasis as well as the ‘new pragmatism’ within Beckett Studies.

Key Features

  • Gathers 5 strongly textual essays laying out the underpinnings of Beckett’s texts 
  • Includes 2 theoretically informed essays by major French philosophers, Bruno Clément and Alain Badiou
  • Offers a distinctive European emphasis, including studies of Beckett’s Italian translations
  • Brings together in one place high-quality, original research from immediately recognizable names in the field

About the Author

S. E. Gontarski is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University, Ph.D., Ohio State (1974) and specializes in twentieth-century Irish Studies, in British, U.S., and European Modernism, and in performance theory. He has been awarded four National Endowment for the Humanities research grants, has twice been awarded Fulbright Professorships, has been Guest Editor of the following: American Book Review, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and Modern Fiction Studies and most recently Drammaturgia. He is also General Editor of three book series: 1) "Crosscurrents: Comparative Studies in European Literature and Philosophy" with the University Press of Florida and 2) Anthem Studies in Theatre and Performance with Anthem Press, London; and 3) (with Paul Ardoin and Laci Mattison) Understanding Philosophy / Understanding Modernism with Bloomsbury. He edited the Journal of Beckett Studies from 1989-2008, and currently serves as Co-Editor with its publication by Edinburgh University Press.

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