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Think, Pig!

Beckett at the Limit of the Human

Jean-Michel Rabaté

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This book examines Samuel Beckett’s unique lesson in courage in the wake of humanism’s postwar crisis—the courage to go on living even after experiencing life as a series of catastrophes._x000B__x000B_Rabaté, a former president of the Samuel Beckett Society and a leading scholar of modernism, explores the whole range of Beckett’s plays, novels, and essays. He places Beckett in a vital philosophical conversation that runs from Bataille to Adorno, from Kant and Sade to Badiou. At the same time, he stresses Beckett’s inimitable sense of metaphysical comedy._x000B__x000B_Foregrounding Beckett’s decision to write in French, Rabaté inscribes him in a continental context marked by a “writing degree zero” while showing the prescience and ethical import of Beckett’s tendency to subvert the “human” through the theme of the animal. Beckett’s “declaration of inhuman rights,” he argues, offers the funniest mode of expression available to us today.
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Bibliographic Information
Publish State
Published
Language
English
Readership
Professional and Scholarly
Publisher / Imprint
Fordham University Press
Publication Country / Place
United States
Title Identifier (ISBN/ISSN)
9780823270866
Published Date
July 2016
Primary Price
32
Pages
264
Illustration
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