By Phyllis Carey, Ed Jewinski
The connection among James Joyce and Samuel Beckett has lengthy been of curiosity to literary critics and readers alike and Re: Joyce 'n Beckett explores that courting extra absolutely that the other unmarried paintings of the present scholarship. This quantity offers the reader with an outline of the most tendencies and dilemmas that experience ruled discussions at the advanced Joyce/Beckett dating, and pulls jointly formerly scattered fabrics right into a cohesive complete. It additionally includes an in depth bibliography of specific curiosity to students who will locate this composite of assets precious. the most part deals 11 attractive new essays written from many issues of view on various issues together with, the impression of biographies written on either Joyce and Beckett, the dealing with of Irish fabrics within the brief tale shape, using allusion in addition to higher narrative constructions, the portrayal of the idea that of the artist, and how during which every one writer bargains with the matter of authorityin their writings. An unique one-act play via Denis Regan can be incorporated; the play premiered in April 1990 on the Milwaukee Irishfest. This paintings does a lot to problem earlier misconceptions in regards to the Joyce/Beckett dating. Re: Joyce 'n Beckett is a wealthy, energetic paintings that brings the connection of those , crucially very important literary figures of the 20 th century jointly in a single definitive quantity.
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It seemed to me that many of the leading Beckett interpreters substituted their own brilliant intellectual gymnastics for what should have been solid, responsible scholarship; that they created studies that told more about the quality of the authors' minds than about Beckett's writings. This exasperating situation made me aware of the need for a factual foundation for all subsequent critical exegesis [xii]. 6 But hers is still a curiously negative stance for a fledgling biographer and critic to take, especially when writing a book about a still-living writer whose response to the enterprise was no more positive than "that he would neither help nor hinder [her]" (Bair xi).
That the similarities and differences between Joyce and Beckett have taken on almost mythic proportions is only one problem in the study of these writers. Erroneous notions, too, have been perpetuated, even though critics have attempted on numerous occasions to stamp them out. The notion that Beckett was Joyce's amanuensis still survives although Bair (71) and Gluck (27) have pointed out that Beckett's willingness to assist Joyce does not support the view that Beckett acted as a secretary. The prolifera- Page xvi tion of such misunderstandings is hard to eradicate, and John P.
She shies away from extended critical analyses; those she offers are intelligent, restrained, sober, but usually quite ancillary. , there are remarkably few nods toward critics. The standard names do appearJohn Fletcher, Ruby Cohn, Lawrence Harvey, Hugh Kenner, Vivian Mercier, often more for biographical than critical reasonsbut there is no feeling that anyone has been of more than passing help in explaining the work to her. Does the statement from the Preface quoted above mean that she has painstakingly been through the criticism and rejected almost all of it?
Re--Joyce'n Beckett by Phyllis Carey, Ed Jewinski