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Preliminaries and <i>Proust</i>

John Robert Keller

in Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780719063121
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719063121.003.0002
Preliminaries and Proust

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This chapter provides a basic outline of the psychoanalytical framework that serves as the background of the present study. It first examines a reading of Beckett's dissertation on Proust, and tries to lessen the inclusion of theoretical references and material in the main body. It considers the work as a record of purely internal experience, and suggests that the wide emotional appeal of Beckett's work is mostly due to its elaboration of an early experience that is characteristic of all internal development. This chapter also emphasizes certain imagery, symbols, and manifestations in the text.

Keywords: psychoanalytical framework; internal experience; emotional appeal; internal development; imagery

Chapter.  17664 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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