Images must travel further: Bataille and Blanchot read Beckett

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Perhaps the most prescient of Beckett's early critics were the French writers Georges Bataille and Maurice Blanchot in their analyses of (respectively) Molloy and The Unnamable. In this paper I argue that the essence of the intellectual friendship that the two critics shared - one of the great tacit 'partnerships' of the last century, which has yet to be fully unravelled - can be discerned through their writings on Beckett. His novels are thus treated as a kind of 'border' across which their own ideas continue to emerge and evolve, which in turn has implications for the development of French theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalSamuel Beckett Today - Aujourd hui
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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