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BECKETT'S POSTHUMAN: The Ontopology of "The Unnamable"

Elizabeth Effinger
Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui
Vol. 23, Filiations & Connexions/ Filiations & Connecting Lines (2011), pp. 369-381
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41699045
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

Identifying the posthuman as that which is locatable within a halfposthumous space and which both has a subjectivity that is always divided and distanced from itself, and a corporeality of the same quality, this paper considers the mutually reflective ontology and topology of the unnamable narrator in Beckett's The Unnamable through the terms isomorphism and ontopology. Drawing on Derrida, Blanchot, Butler and Latour, while engaging the recent turn to posthumanism in Beckett criticism, this paper examines how the unnamable posthuman and its narrative engage and nuance ontological questions of what it means to think subjectivity without a subject.

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