Déjà vu beyond reach: from the <i>Novellas</i> to the <i>Three Novels</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:
Déjà vu beyond reach: from the Novellas to the Three Novels

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This chapter looks at how the few quotations—and occasionally, sustained allusions—challenge ideas of origin, ending and depth in Novellas and Texts for Nothing. It focuses on English and French titles and quotations, which are prioritised according to the critical focus of the argument instead of the chronology of composition. It considers the calming effects of classic works and shows how the ‘sky’, ‘earth’ and the ‘sea’ are secondary elements that ‘create the armosphere’.

Keywords: quotations; sustained allusions; Novellas; Texts for Nothing; titles; chronology of composition; classic works; atmosphere; Three Novels

Chapter.  13326 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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