This book examines Samuel BeckettGCOs unique lesson in courage in the wake of humanismGCOs postwar crisisGCothe courage to go on living even after experiencing life as a series of catastrophes. Rabat+ a former president of the Samuel Beckett Society and a leading scholar of modernism, explores the whole range of BeckettGs plays, novels, and essays. He places Beckett in a vital philosophical conversation that runs from Bataille to Adorno, from Kant and Sade to Badiou. At the same time, he stresses BeckettGs inimitable sense of metaphysical comedy. Foregrounding BeckettGs decision to write in French, Rabat+ inscribes him in a continental context marked by a Gwriting degree zeroG while showing the prescience and ethical import of BeckettGs tendency to subvert the GhumanG through the theme of the animal. BeckettGs Gdeclaration of inhuman rights,G he argues, offers the funniest mode of expression available to us today.
Fordham University Press
Beckett at the Limit of the Human