Une mélancolie des temps modernes? Beckett entre monstrueux et obscène

Translated title of the contribution: Melancholy of modern times? Beckett between the monstrous and the obscene

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Abstract

In order to better delineate what in Beckett's aesthetics and imaginings could be considered as being part and parcel of a type of modern idiom, this article proposes to examine their relationships with the classical era, and more precisely with what classicism aimed to suppress, its refoulé, i.e. melancholy, monstrosity and obscenity. If what is monstrous, in which can be perceived a melancholic projection, proceeds essentially from the imaginary, the obscene, even though not strictly speaking a concept, constitutes a category likely to gather together a number of themes, stylistic features and values which were rejected by the classical era and which Beckett's work appropriates again for its own ends in a melancholic vein with the aim of "killing beauty" (Murielle Gagnebin), as defined by the criteria of that period.

Translated title of the contributionMelancholy of modern times? Beckett between the monstrous and the obscene
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)294-312
Number of pages19
JournalSamuel Beckett Today - Aujourd hui
Volume17
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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