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Samuel Beckett's How It IsPhilosophy in Translation$
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Anthony Cordingley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474440608

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440608.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Samuel Beckett's How It Is

Anthony Cordingley

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter sets out the history of the reception of Beckett’s How It Is and accounts for its relative neglect. The main lines of critical interpretation are identified and then challenged. The work’s particular hermeneutic problems are discussed in relation to different theoretical orientations (post-structuralist, psychoanalytic, historicist and materialist), before exploring the text’s own representation of the relationships between voice and writing, memory and archive.

Keywords:   Samuel Beckett, Modernism, Philosophy, Translation, Bilingualism, Archive, Memory, Genetic criticism, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida

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