The Unhappy Consciousness

The Poetic Plight of Samuel Beckett An Inquiry at the Intersection of Phenomenology and Literature

  • Eugene F. Kaelin

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-12
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
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      Pages 15-30
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  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 305-326

About this book


In the wake of so many other keys to the treasure, whoever undertakes still another book of criticism on the novels and drama of Samuel Beckett must assume the grave burden of justifying the attempt, especially for him who like one of John Barth's recent fictional characterizations of himself, believes that the key to the treasure is the treasure itself. No one will ever have the privilege of the last word on these texts, since any words other than the author's own found therein must be referred back to the text themselves for cautious verification. Indeed, the words the author has used to create the oeuvre stand by virtue of their own creativeness, or fail in their pretense, and need no critical comment to be appreciated for what they have achieved or have failed to achieve. In criticism there is no privileged point of view - not even the author's own. He has consulted his knowledge and experience to make the work, and whoever would criticize his efforts would seem to owe him the indulgence of doing the same. If communication is mediated through the works, the author and his readers respond in recipro­ cal fashion to the expressiveness of their contexts. For the philosopher of art, the challenge is extremely tempting - on a manifold count.


English literature phenomenology sound

Authors and affiliations

  • Eugene F. Kaelin
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  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8524-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8522-3
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