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Literature of Consciousness

Samuel Becket – Subject – Negativity

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Jakub Momro

The questions the writer Samuel Beckett posed in his dramas, his prose and his poetry are the central questions asked by the most outstanding thinkers of modernity. Samuel Beckett, therefore, is the central figure in this book, but he is not alone. This study is not only a precise literary analysis, but it also traces transformations in terms of subjectivity and tries to conceptualize them. It universalizes the issues that emerge from the friction between the consciousness and the world, or, in other words, from the history of the struggle between the modern subject and that which negates: death, nothingness, the absence of meaning and the deception of living.
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Part Two Voice and Death

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PART TWO

VOICE AND DEATH

d’où

la voix qui dit

vis

d’une autre vie89

– Samuel Beckett

The short text of Maurice Blanchot dedicated to the prose work of Samuel Beckett – seen from the distance of several decades – has created a path for a number of scholars, particularly within France.90 The interpretative suggestion of Blanchot still holds out an incredible clash of coinciding of languages and the sensibility of the author and critic, as well as intriguing intuition of how to read Beckett. All of these elements should be treated as expressions of the intellectual and artistic similarity of both authors. One could directly say that on the pages of Blanchot’s essay, the two giants of twentieth century literature have met; authors exploring themes of absence, lack, void and non-existence. There is no way one would not take up the themes taken up by Blanchot and left, in a way characteristic for his work, in a state of dynamic incompletion. Who knows, however, if this incomplete statement is not one of the most impressive moments in the history of the reception of Beckett?

The categories of the voice and death mark a symptomatic sphere of Beckett’s imagination in my research. The sphere of voice is more a space of sounds with an uncertain status, around which the senses in different texts are focused, rather than a stable structure of meanings, a sphere of a variety...

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