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Samuel Beckett and the Politics of Aftermath

James McNaughton


Samuel Beckett and the Politics of Aftermath explores Beckett’s creative response to the Irish Civil War and the crisis of commitment in 1930s Europe, to the rise of fascism and the atrocities of World War II. Grounded in archival material, the book reads Beckett’s letters and German Diaries to demonstrate Beckett’s personal attunement to propaganda and expectations for war. We see how profoundly Beckett’s fiction and theater engage with specific political strategies, rhetoric, and events. Deep into literary form, syntax, and language, Beckett contends with ominous political and historical dev ... More

Keywords: Beckett, Ireland, Nazi Germany, politics, aesthetics, genocide, propaganda, modernism, history, archive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198822547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198822547.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James McNaughton, author
Associate Professor of English, University of Alabama