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Performance Philosophy

Beckett, Deleuze and Performance

A Thousand Failures and A Thousand Inventions

Authors: Koczy, Daniel

  • Presents fresh readings of Beckett’s own aesthetics and later theatrical work  Offers new tools for thinking about affect and the body in performance
  • Helps satisfy Performance Philosophy’s need for new methods and for continually exploring what forms philosophical enquiry might take in relation to performance
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About this book

This book draws on the theatrical thinking of Samuel Beckett and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze to propose a method for research undertaken at the borders of performance and philosophy. Exploring how Beckett fabricates encounters with the impossible and the unthinkable in performance, it asks how philosophy can approach what cannot be thought while honouring and preserving its alterity. Employing its method, it creates a series of encounters between aspects of Beckett’s theatrical practice and a range of concepts drawn from Deleuze’s philosophy. Through the force of these encounters, a new range of concepts is invented. These provide novel ways of thinking affect and the body in performance; the possibility of theatrical automation; and the importance of failure and invention in our attempts to respond to performance encounters. Further, this book includes new approaches to Beckett’s later theatrical work and provides an overview of Deleuze’s conception of philosophical practice as an ongoing struggle to think with immanence.

About the authors

Daniel Koczy is a performance theorist and philosopher. He teaches philosophy at Newcastle University, UK, and in performance at Northumbria University, UK. His research has appeared in the Deleuze Studies journal (2012) and in the edited collection Deleuze and Beckett (2015).

Reviews

“Not only does Daniel Koczy remain true to the radical importance of alterity and the unthought in Deleuze's philosophy, he also takes them seriously by producing a dazzling new range of concepts from the encounter of Deleuze and Beckett's work. Beckett, Deleuze and Performance is not only a tour de force of scholarship, but a courageous attempt to create and affirm the new itself.” (Stephen Zepke, Vienna, Austria)

“Koczy takes seriously the aporias at the heart of these works. Just as Deleuze contends that art leads to thought rather than telling us what to think, Koczy leads us, with careful attention and unerring erudition, into the heart of Beckett's failures.” (Professor Anthony Uhlmann, Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Australia)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Theatrical Encounters

    Koczy, Daniel

    Pages 1-39

  • Neither with you nor without you: Performance and Philosophy in Beckett’s Non-relational Aesthetics

    Koczy, Daniel

    Pages 41-68

  • A Thousand Failures and a Thousand Inventions: Towards a Method for Performance Philosophy

    Koczy, Daniel

    Pages 69-99

  • Belacquobatics: Deleuze, Affect and Beckett’s Affective Athleticism

    Koczy, Daniel

    Pages 101-127

  • Belacquobatic Secrets: Deleuze and the Purgatorial Rebellion of the Beckettian Body

    Koczy, Daniel

    Pages 129-160

Buy this book

eBook £47.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95618-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95617-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beckett, Deleuze and Performance
Book Subtitle
A Thousand Failures and A Thousand Inventions
Authors
Series Title
Performance Philosophy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95618-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95618-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95617-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 238
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