Abstract Machines: Samuel Beckett and Philosophy after by Garin Dowd

By Garin Dowd

Summary Machines: Samuel Beckett and Philosophy after Deleuze and Guattari is an leading edge method of the connection of the paintings of Samuel Beckett to philosophy. The examine seeks to mix intertextual research and a 'schizoanalytic genealogy' derived from the concept of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari to discover a 'becoming-philosophy' of Beckett's literary writing. the writer specializes in zones of stumble upon and disagreement - areas and instances of 'becoming' - among Beckett, chosen philosophers and Deleuze and Guattari. within the retrospective look occasioned by way of that a part of Deleuze and Guattari's complicated legacy which embraces their curiosity within the writer, Beckett's writing particularly effectuates a threshold hesitation which might be obvious on to influence on their method of the background of philosophy and on their contribution to its 'molecularization' within the identify of experimentation. summary Machines, with its arresting views on a variety of Beckett's paintings, will attract lecturers and postgraduate scholars drawn to the philosophical echoes so obtrusive in his writing. the level of its recourse to philosophers apart from Deleuze and Guattari, together with, significantly, Alain Badiou, renders it a well timed and provocative intervention in modern debates about the dating of literature to philosophy, either inside of Beckett reviews and past.

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Jacques Rancière: “L’écrivain est prestidgiteur et il est Shadow Hospitality: Beckett and Philosophy 45 ‘pharmacy’ to a cure for a given malady, but it can produce, in Deleuze’s terms, “little healths”. Great authors unfold a possible world which secretes and promotes incompossibility, incommensurability, heterogeneity and multiplicity. 29 In the words of Guattari such ‘machinic’ movements can be translated in terms of a transversal encounter which challenges the psychoanalytic category of the transference: I have crossed a threshold of consistency.

32 Abstract Machines: Samuel Beckett and Philosophy after Deleuze & Guattari shown, in an earlier study from 1990, The Violence of Language, that language understood as abstract machine (a formulation developed in Mille Plateaux) supports the idea of non-autonomy of language, in that, far from being a domain cut off from praxis, “language is caught both in the bodies of its utterers and in the society they form” (Lecercle 1990, 47). Lecercle goes on to stress the consequences for the political and ethical spheres of this non-autonomy: Words not only do things, they are things.

Endon over the chessboard, “lost in the speck of … unseen” (Beckett 1973, 140); the structure of recognition, or the “structure-other”, breaks down: relation of non-relation. Philosophy and Literature, or perhaps, as Andrew Benjamin has expressed the relation, “philosophy’s literature” (Benjamin 2001). Appurtenance in this case of shadow hospitality goes both ways. Literature’s philosophy? 14 This is literature conceived of as philosophy’s pressurising outside: a domain of creative encounter that exposes the conspiring with transcendence that is never completely out of the frame when philosophical transactions are underway.

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