Fatigue and disgust: <i>Murphy</i> and <i>Watt</i>

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:
Fatigue and disgust: Murphy and Watt

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This chapter reassesses the roles of mimesis and authority in both Beckett and Dante from an intertextual point of view. It studies the promise of an invisible Dante, which has been read by critics into Murphy in ways that overlook the puzzling nature of this promise. It shows that it leads to a study of the status of invisible presences and visible absences in Beckett's ghostly oeuvre. This chapter also looks at Dante's visible absence, which is significantly linked to Beckett's poetics of residua, marginality and fragmentariness. It includes a discussion of the ‘Addenda’ section in Watt.

Keywords: mimesis; authority; intertextual; invisible Dante; Murphy; invisible presences; visible absences; ghostly oeuvre; poetics; Addenda section

Chapter.  10044 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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