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New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century

The Affects, Cognition, and Politics of Samuel Beckett's Postwar Drama and Fiction

Revolutionary and Evolutionary Paradoxes

Authors: Ionica, Cristina

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  • Draws on political theory, affect theory, and cognitive literary theory
  • Explicates the positive and paradoxical role of humor and anger in Beckett’s work
  • Highlights the linguistic and intertextual complexity of Beckett’s work and responses to his work
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The Affects, Cognition, and Politics of Samuel Beckett’s Postwar Drama and Fiction: Revolutionary and Evolutionary Paradoxes theorizes the revolutionary and evolutionary import of Beckett’s works in a global context defined by increasingly ubiquitous and insidious mechanisms of capture, exploitation, and repression, alongside unprecedented demands for high-volume information-processing and connectivity. Part I shows that, in generating consistent flows of solidarity-based angry laughter, Beckett’s works sabotage coercive couplings of the subject to social machines by translating subordination and repression into processes rather than data of experience. Through an examination of Beckett’s attack on gender/ class-related normative injunctions, the book shows that Beckett’s works can generate solidarity and action-oriented affects in readers/ spectators regardless of their training in textual analysis. Part II proposes that Beckett’s works can weaken the cognitive dominance of constrictive “frames” in readers/ audiences, so that toxic ideological formations such as the association of safety and comfort with simplicity and “sameness” are rejected and more complex cognitive operations are welcomed instead—a process that bolsters the mind’s ability to operate at ease with increasingly complex, malleable, extensible, and inclusive frames, as well as with increasing volumes of information.

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Cristina Ionica teaches English, Film, Writing, and Professional Communication courses at Fanshawe College in London, Canada. Her research has been published in ESC: English Studies in Canada, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, MLS: Modern Language Studies, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, and Horror Studies.

 


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction to Beckett’s “Absurdist” Excess

    Pages 1-35

    Ionica, Cristina

  • Repetition, Deliberation, and an Other Power: The Paradox as Practice

    Pages 39-81

    Ionica, Cristina

  • The Liberating Laughter of “Nearly There”: Beckett’s Solidarity-Building Dramas

    Pages 83-116

    Ionica, Cristina

  • Under-the-Radar Derision and Anger: Becoming Revolutionary in/ through Beckett’s Fiction

    Pages 117-178

    Ionica, Cristina

  • Beckett’s “Script Multiplication and Enrichment”: Rejecting Toxic Disjunctions and Seeking Inclusivity

    Pages 181-209

    Ionica, Cristina

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Affects, Cognition, and Politics of Samuel Beckett's Postwar Drama and Fiction
Book Subtitle
Revolutionary and Evolutionary Paradoxes
Authors
Series Title
New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34902-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34902-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34901-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 286
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