Beckett, Lacan, and the Voice

Llewellyn Brown. Foreword by Jean-Michel Rabaté

ibidem Press

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Beckett, Lacan, and the Voice

Llewellyn Brown. Foreword by Jean-Michel Rabaté

ibidem Press

The voice traverses Beckett's work in its entirety, defining its space and its structure. Emanating from an indeterminate source situated outside the narrators and characters, while permeating the very words they utter, it proves to be incessant. It can alternatively be violently intrusive, or embody a calming presence. Literary creation will be charged with transforming the mortification it inflicts into a vivifying relationship to language. In the exploration undertaken here, Lacanian psychoanalysis offers the means to approach the voice's multiple and fundamentally paradoxical facets with regards to language that founds the subject's vital relation to existence. Far from seeking to impose a rigid and purely abstract framework, this study aims to highlight the singularity and complexity of Beckett's work, and to outline a potentially vast field of investigation.
Brown shows expertly how Beckett states once and for all a fundamental irrationality that will be the foundation for his entire œuvre […].A remarkable book. Jean-Michel Rabaté, professor of English and comparative literature, University of Pennsylvania
Llewellyn Brown's study Beckett, Lacan and the Voice, unlike many ventures that throw out the baby the better to scrutinise the post-Modernist bathwater, recognises the centrality of the voice in Beckett's creation ("I hear, therefore I am"); but, equally, the way that the voice involves a jouissance that borders on the real. Chris Ackerley, department of English and linguistics at the University of Otago
In this enthralling book, Llewellyn Brown achieves the formidable task of opening up a genuine conversation between Beckettian and Lacanian voices. Luke Thurston, senior lecturer in modern literature at Aberystwyth University

About the Author

Jean-Michel Rabate (PhD, Literature, University of Paris VIII) is Professor of English and Comparative Litersture at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, including The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Psychoanalysis (2014), The Future of Theory (Wiley, 2008), Crimes of the Future: Theory and its Global Reproduction (Bloomsbury, 2014), The Ghosts of Modernity (Florida, 2010), The Ethics of the Lie (Other Press, 2008), and Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature (Palgrave, 2002).