By S.E. Wilmer, Audroné Žukauskaitė
Deleuze and Beckett is a set of essays on particular facets of the Deleuze and Beckett interface. the various world's top Beckett and Deleuze experts observe varied ideas of Deleuzian philosophy to a variety of Beckett's oeuvre, together with his novels, brief tales, and level, movie and tv paintings.
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Trans. Brian Massumi. London: Continuum. Introduction 19 Deleuze, Gilles and Parnet, Claire (2002) Dialogues II. Trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam. London, New York: Continuum. Derrida, Jacques (1992) Acts of Literature. Ed. Derek Attridge. London: Routledge. Dowd, Garin (2007) Abstract Machines: Samuel Beckett and Philosophy after Deleuze and Guattari. Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi. Gardner, Colin (2012) Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event: Peephole Art. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
These controversies are revealed in Arka Chattopadhyay’s essay ‘“I switch off”: Towards a Beckettian Minority of Theatrical Event’, where Beckett is interpreted along and against philosophical lines. Following from Badiou’s interpretation, theatrical performance is seen as an evental encounter, where the text is subjected to chance and the aleatory variability of performance. Likewise, Chattopadhyay argues that ‘the Beckettian technique of denying first person identification in plays such as Not I, A Piece of Monologue and Rockaby has the effect of alienating the text through performance and this can be read through Badiou’s thesis of performance as encounter’ (Chattopadhyay, this volume, p.
7 ‘What’ and ‘Where’ are the questions posed to the protagonists that remain unanswered or unanswerable in spite of relentless processes of torture each both inflict and endure. Attention then is drawn to the abstract nature of Ideas, which, despite their ‘eternal’ nature, crave particular contexts from which to derive ‘meanings’. The interrogations in this play, in effect, are focused upon the no longer existing particular. There is an interesting ambiguity that is achieved through the pure abstraction whereby the characters only have a spiritual existence.