Samuel Beckett and Medicine

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Samuel Beckett and Medicine offers the first sustained analysis of the author’s abiding interest in medicine and medical discourses, advancing insights into the representation of illness, neurodiversity, disability, ageing, and dying in his work. It analyses Beckett’s representation of the production of language, offering new ways of understanding the often perplexing formal and stylistic experimentation of his work. The book addresses the many automatic and habitual functions staged in his writing and considers the impact of nerve theory, reflexes, affect, and the viscera on his work. It advances new readings of Beckett’s poetry, prose, and television and stage plays, drawing on his reading notes on medicine and psychology, and on his correspondence and critical writings. Through its refusal to aestheticize embodied experience or to yield to the metaphysical consolations of literature, Beckett’s work challenges us to confront the intricacies of embodied being and to encounter the question of finitude.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Oct 2023

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  • Centre for Humanities Health and Science


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