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Beckett/Philosophy

"Beckett feedback has been vastly greater, and infrequently chastened, by means of genetic scholarship, as this anthology... attests."--Andre Furlani, Modernism/Modernity

"This selection of essays... represents the main accomplished research of Beckett's courting to philosophy in print, how philosophical concerns, conundrums, and subject matters play out amid narrative intricacies. the quantity is therefore either an astonishingly accomplished evaluation and a chain of unique readings of the intersection among philosophical texts and Samuel Beckett's oeuvre, provided through a plurality of voices and bookended via an old advent and a thematic conclusion."--S. E. Gontarski, magazine of Beckett Studies

"Helps us to contemplate not just how Beckett made use of philosophy yet how his personal idea could be understood philosophically."--Anthony Uhlmann, college of Western Sydney

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Beckett/Philosophy

"Beckett feedback has been vastly more advantageous, and occasionally chastened, through genetic scholarship, as this anthology. .. attests. "--Andre Furlani, Modernism/Modernity

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"Helps us to contemplate not just how Beckett made use of philosophy yet how his personal idea will be understood philosophically. "--Anthony Uhlmann, collage of Western Sydney

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And it meant a change of perspective in the natural sciences, astronomy, geography, biology. In the end, criticism became history. It produced the great revolutions of modernity which drew their inspiration from seventeenth-century thought, in particular, the French Revolution and the revolutions of independence of Spain’s and Portugal’s American dominions. Enlightenment critical thought can be placed then at the origins of modernity. Yet Romanticism too is to be located squarely at these origins, even if the Romantic origins of the modern are both continuative and antagonistic with respect to those of the Enlightenment.

Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 18 Paul H. Fry Modernism, unlike romanticism, attempted to reenter the timeless classical paradise by artificial means. By way of penance for having ventured a generalization about Wordsworth in this context which in most ways will seem intelligible enough (the ‘real language of men’ and ‘the beautiful and permanent forms of nature’ can scarcely be thought subject to change (Preface, Wordsworth, p. 735), yet there is very little that is Classical, or even cognizant of the Classical, about the way in which they are conceived), I must now confess that perhaps the fullest and most interesting historicist contrast between Classical objectivity and Romantic subjectivity is to be found in Wordsworth himself – in the fascinating and too often overlooked ‘Letter to a friend of Burns’: Our business is with [the books of classical writers], – to understand and to enjoy them.

But however much or little Coleridge the literary theorist may have had Aristotle continuously in mind, the organicist Poetics which emerged in the seminal modern translation and commentary by S. H. Butcher (1894) and which continued to hold sway throughout the floruit of the New Criticism and of Wellek himself, is really quite inconceivable without the mediatory influence of Coleridge. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 24 Paul H. Fry The key passages are the ones in which Aristotle insists that the ‘parts’ of a tragedy have a necessary order that cannot be rearranged, and says also that you cannot have an animal (zoon) that is too long or short.

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