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'On such and such a day... in such a world': Beckett's radical finitude

Connor, Steven (2008) 'On such and such a day... in such a world': Beckett's radical finitude. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 19 , pp. 35-50. ISSN 0927-3131.

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Beckett has been made the centrepiece of what might be called a contemporary aesthetics of the inexhaustible, which assumes the sovereign value of endless propagation and maintains a horror of any kind of limit. Having perhaps helped in some of my previous work to recruit Beckett to this aesthetic, I argue in this paper that Beckett is in fact a writer who is governed by the principles of limit and finitude, principles that are in fact both philosophically more provocative and politically more responsible than the cult of endless exceeding that has attached itself to Beckett.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > English and Humanities
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 15:42
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