Belacqua does not observe ‘the rule of the road’

Daniela Caselli

in Beckett’s Dantes

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719071560
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701973 | DOI:
Belacqua does not observe ‘the rule of the road’

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This chapter discusses questions about the possibility of textual stability. It shows that Belacqua, the protagonist of Dream of Fair to Middling Women, is a character and his own critique. It takes note of his artificiality and the process of his fabrication that are constantly foregrounded. This chapter shows that instead of explaining the quirks of Belacqua Shuah, Dante's Belacqua adds to his literariness while taking away from his realism.

Keywords: textual stability; Belacqua; Dream of Fair to Middling Women; artificiality; fabrication; quirks; literariness; realism

Chapter.  10413 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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