The proxemics of 'Neither'

Dowd, Garin ORCID: (2012) The proxemics of 'Neither'. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, 24. pp. 367-378. ISSN 0927-3131

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This chapter takes as its point of departure the frequent injunction in Beckett’s late prose works to build or construct an environment for a character to inhabit. It is proposed that this instruction is central to the textual operations of the late prose. Making use of the work of Philippe Hamon on text and architecture, and through a close reading of Beckett’s short prose piece (originally written as a libretto for Morton Feldman), it is argued that, despite its sparse nature, ‘Neither’ can, in large part, still be read as exemplifying Hamon’s insights into the operations of the textual and the architectural as these were manifest in the classic realist novel. The specific challenges which Beckett’s late prose present, however, require a supplementary critical vocabulary in order to account for the manner in which the textual and the architectural interpenetrate and expose each other in the twentieth century.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Literature
Depositing User: Garin Dowd
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 18:16
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:43


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