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A Modernist Canon? Badiou and Deleuze Read Beckett

Jean-Jacques Lecercle

in Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638000
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652648 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638000.003.0005
A Modernist Canon? Badiou and Deleuze Read Beckett

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This chapter focuses on the modernist canon of Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze and their shared interest in reading the works of Samuel Beckett, explaining that although their canons differ greatly, they shared an interest in Beckett. They both devoted a separate text to Beckett, to whose work they come back repeatedly in the course of their oeuvre. The chapter discusses Badiou and Beckett's belief in a canon of great literature, and explains this apparently essentialist view of literature.

Keywords: Alain Badiou; Gilles Deleuze; modernist canon; Samuel Beckett; great literature; essentialist view

Chapter.  16604 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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