Repetition, Deliberation, and an Other Power: The Paradox as Practice

Part of the New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century book series (NIBTFC)


This chapter explains, within an interpretive framework derived from affect theory, that Beckett’s paradox-based discourse aptly mobilizes action and solidarity-oriented affects in interpreters through forms of linguistic excess leading to a positive mobilization of anger previously unacknowledged in criticism. This is achieved through corrosive forms of repetition with a difference that meticulously decompose the advertised benefits of any opposition and disjunction-based mode of human interaction, from definitions of “love” within patriarchal frameworks to definitions of equitable exchanges within late capitalist socio-economic structures.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fanshawe CollegeLondonCanada

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