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ATTACKING THE WORLD'S PORTADOWNIANS: Beckett's Early Politics
Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui
Vol. 9, BECKETT AND RELIGION: BECKETT/AESTHETICS/POLITICS / BECKETT ET LA RELIGION: BECKETT/L'ESTHÉTIQUE/LA POLITIQUE (2000), pp. 279-293
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25781317
Page Count: 15
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By considering the rhetoric of Beckett's "Dante...Bruno. Vico..Joyce" and Proust, this essay outlines the parameters of Beckett's early politics in relation to James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis and transition. Within international claims for literature's freedom, Beckett defines the aesthetics of language against the civic intolerance of local speech communities, while at the same time suggesting a critique of the universal fictions of 'pure' writing. The bilingual status of Beckett's subsequent writing can be read, accordingly, as his improvised solution to the politics of Irish exile, a solution which stopped short of affirming dual nationality while remaining distinctively European.
Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui © 2000 Brill