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Beckett's Words: The Promise of Happiness in a Time of by David Kleinberg-Levin

By David Kleinberg-Levin

At stake during this ebook is a fight with language in a time while our previous religion within the redeeming of the word-and the word's energy to redeem-has virtually been destroyed. Drawing on Benjamin's political theology, his interpretation of the German Baroque mourning play, and Adorno's severe aesthetic thought, but in addition at the considered poets and lots of different philosophers, specially Hegel's phenomenology of spirit, Nietzsche's research of nihilism, and Derrida's writings on language, Kleinberg-Levin indicates how, as a result of its communicative and revelatory powers, language bears the utopian "promise of happiness," the belief of a mundane redemption of humanity, on the very center of which has to be the success of common justice. In an unique studying of Beckett's performs, novels and brief tales, Kleinberg-Levin exhibits how, regardless of inheriting a language broken, corrupted and commodified, Beckett redeems useless or death phrases and wrests from this language new chances for the expression of that means. with out denying Beckett's nihilism, his photograph of a extensively disappointed international, Kleinberg-Levin calls cognizance to moments whilst his phrases without notice ignite and break away in their melancholy and soreness, taking form within the great thing about an austere but joyous lyricism, suggesting that, in the end, that means remains to be possible.

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