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Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature$
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Jean-Jacques Lecercle

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638000

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638000.001.0001

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A Modernist Canon? Badiou and Deleuze Read Beckett

A Modernist Canon? Badiou and Deleuze Read Beckett

(p.119) 5 A Modernist Canon? Badiou and Deleuze Read Beckett
Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature

Jean-Jacques Lecercle

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the modernist canon of Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze and their shared interest in reading the works of Samuel Beckett, explaining that although their canons differ greatly, they shared an interest in Beckett. They both devoted a separate text to Beckett, to whose work they come back repeatedly in the course of their oeuvre. The chapter discusses Badiou and Beckett's belief in a canon of great literature, and explains this apparently essentialist view of literature.

Keywords:   Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze, modernist canon, Samuel Beckett, great literature, essentialist view

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