Who is the third beside you? Authority in <i>Mercier and Camier</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:
Who is the third beside you? Authority in Mercier and Camier

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This chapter provides a reading of Mercier et Camier/Mercier and Camier that focuses on how Dante sometimes appears in the French and not in the English self-translated text, and vice versa. It observes how the issues of authority, visibility and invisibility can help assess the role Dante played in Mercier and Camier in relation to both Mercier et Camier and other texts by Beckett. Finally, it considers P. J. Murphy's point that the true ‘pseudocouple’ is the author linked with his two creations, and not Mercier and Camier.

Keywords: Mercier and Camier; self-translated text; authority; visibility; invisibility; Beckett's texts; P. J. Murphy; pseudocouple

Chapter.  8402 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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