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Shadow and Babble : a study of imagery and narrative voice in the prose fiction of Samuel Beckett from 'Murphy' to 'The unnamable'

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dc.contributor.author Shepherd NDR en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:16:59Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:16:59Z
dc.date.created 1982 en
dc.date.submitted 1988 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53031
dc.description.abstract Examines Samuel Beckett's prose fiction, from his earliest important writing up until the completion of the last book of his Trilogy. The cultural and philosophical context of Beckett's primary theme - the nature of the self - is discussed, and its treatment considered in his early works, "Dream of Fair to Middling Women" and More Pricks than Kicks , in his first two novels, Murphy and Watt , and in the four nouvelles that inaugurate his adoption of French. The study then deals consecutively with the three volumes of the trilogy, Molloy , Malone Dies and The Unnamable . The essay on Molloy takes as its guiding theme the enigmatic relation between the two narratives of the book, a relation characterised by complex patterns of resonance and dissonance, parallel and antithesis, while the treatment of the second volume is concerned primarily with the interrelation between the two modes of Malone's discourse - his "factual" account of his situation and his "story-telling". The Unnameable is related to the volumes that precede it and, in a detailed account of the book's imagery and structure, the efforts of its "worldless" narrator to create a fiction that will serve to define his being are examined. The study concludes with some comments on the importance of seeing Beckett's oeuvre as a prolonged and consistent treatment of the aesthetic and metaphysical problems that preoccupied him since his earliest writing, and on the trends that characterise the writing that follows the Trilogy. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Prose literature and fiction en
dc.title Shadow and Babble : a study of imagery and narrative voice in the prose fiction of Samuel Beckett from 'Murphy' to 'The unnamable' en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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