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Samuel Beckett's How It Is: Philosophy in Translation

Anthony Cordingley


The first sustained exegesis of a neglected masterpiece of twentieth-century literature, Samuel Beckett’s How It Is. This book maps out the novel’s complex network of intertexts, sources and echoes, interprets its highly experimental writing and explains the work’s great significance for twentieth-century literature. It offers a clear pathway into this remarkable bilingual novel, identifying Beckett’s use of previously unknown sources in the history of Western philosophy, from the ancient and modern periods, and challenging critical orthodoxies. Through careful archival scholarship and attenti ... More

Keywords: Samuel Beckett, Philosophy, Modernism, Translation, Bilingualism, Archive, Genetic Criticism, Genetic Translation Studies, Intertextuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474440608
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Cordingley, author