Repetition, Difference, and Knowledge in the Work of Samuel Beckett, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze

by Sarah Gendron (Author)
©2008 Monographs XXIV, 184 Pages


Repetition, Difference, and Knowledge dialogues with novels, theatre, philosophy, and literary theory in order to explore how three thinkers – Samuel Beckett, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze – employ repetition as a means with which to radically unsettle some of the most fundamental notions of the human experience (among them, time, presence, originality, and being). Due to its interdisciplinary scope and its focus on repetition as an epistemological concept, this book will attract a broad audience of academic specialists across the humanities from the fields of literary criticism, philosophy, French studies, and poststructural studies. Its simplicity of style, deliberate avoidance of complex jargon, and clarity of argument – particularly when dealing with complicated theoretical ideas and texts – also makes it an invaluable tool for use in both graduate- and undergraduate-level literature and philosophy courses. Repetition, Difference, and Knowledge provides experienced and beginning scholars alike with greater insight into the works of Beckett, Derrida, and Deleuze and into the role that repetition has played and continues to play in determining how we read our world and come to meaning.


XXIV, 184
ISBN (Hardcover)
Westliche Welt Poststructuralism Beckett, Samuel Begriff Derrida, Jacques Deleuze, Gilles Philosophy Repetition Repetition and Difference Samuel Beckett Jacques Derrida Literary Criticism
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XXIV, 184 pp.

Biographical notes

Sarah Gendron (Author)

The Author: Sarah Gendron is Assistant Professor of French Language and Literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her Ph.D. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gendron has been the recipient of multiple research grants, grants for creating Marquette’s annual Foreign Film Festival, and teaching awards. She has published on Beckett, Derrida, and Deleuze, has transcribed and translated Simone de Beauvoir’s notes for a novel, and has participated in the publication of pedagogical materials for a French language textbook. Her current research focuses on theory and art of and about genocide: the Holocaust experience in France, Cambodia in the 1970’s, and Rwanda in 1994.


Title: Repetition, Difference, and Knowledge in the Work of Samuel Beckett, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze