The Work, The Neutral and 'The Unnamable'

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The Unnamable is more than difficult, it gives voice to the new. Maurice Blanchot's theory of the work and the neutral provides a significant contribution to Beckett criticism because through these ideas, he responds to Beckett's capacity for invention. Blanchot believes that the work, as an autonomous object is borne out of difficulty. Beckett's writing is not only exemplary of this, it plays out the suffering and frustration of transforming words into ideas, ideas into stories and stories into memories. Beckett goes further than illustrate philosophical ideas—he dramatises them. The Unnamable gives them voice, breath, sound and silence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfter Beckkett/D'apres Beckett
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherRodophi Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9042019727
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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