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The International Reception of Samuel Beckett by Matthew Feldman

The International Reception of Samuel Beckett

Part of the Continuum Reception Studies Series


The International Reception of Samuel Beckett by Matthew Feldman

Over the last decade, Samuel Beckett's popularity has rocketed around the world and he is increasingly recognised as one of the most important and influential writers of the twentieth century but there has been very little scholarly work on Beckett's reception outside Europe. This comprehensive volume brings together essays from leading critics on Beckett's international critical reception. Due to Beckett's linguistic and artistic abilities, he was intimately involved in the translation and production of his writings in German, French, English and Spanish; and consequently countries using these languages have sophisticated critical traditions. However, many other countries have adopted Beckett as their own, from places where he lived for lengthy periods of his life (England, France, Ireland and Germany), to those finding directly applicable political messages in his work (such as ex-Soviet states including the Czech Republic and Romania), and those countries whose national literary traditions bear heavily upon his work (e.g. Norway and Italy). This fascinating volume reveals Beckett's evolving critical reception from contemporary reviews to the present.


This landmark study attests to Samuel Beckett's truly global impact. It is a major contribution to the intricate reception of one of the leading writers of the twentieth century. Executed with scholarly authority and theoretical awareness, this is the definitive account of Beckett's reception around the world. - Dr Ronan McDonald, University of Reading, UK That Beckett has been a major player on the international stage has long been recognized by audiences and critics alike. What this volume makes clear is just how wide-ranging and enduring his presence as a global writer continues to be. This collection of essays will be of major importance to anyone concerned with how the multi-faceted Beckett has been translated, read, received and performed in so many places all over the world. - Professor Enoch Brater is the author of Beyond Minimalism, The Drama in the Text and The Essential Samuel Beckett.

About the Author

Matthew Feldman is Lecturer in Twentieth Century History at the University of Northampton, UK. Mark Nixon is Research Fellow at the Beckett International Foundation at the University of Reading, UK.

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Publication date

7th May 2009


Matthew Feldman

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


324 pages


Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers



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