Beckett after Wittgenstein

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Publication Date
November 2015
Page Count
264 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Beckett after Wittgenstein

Andre Furlani

Among the best-represented authors in Samuel Beckett’s library was Ludwig Wittgenstein, yet the philosopher’s relevance to the Nobel laureate’s work is scarcely acknowledged and seldom elucidated. Beckett after Wittgenstein is the first book to examine Beckett’s formative encounters with, and profound affinities to, Wittgenstein’s thought, style, and character.

While a number of influential critics, including the philosopher Alain Badiou, have discerned a transition in Beckett’s work beginning in the late 1950s, Furlani is the first to identify and clarify how this change occurs in conjunction with the writer’s sustained engagement with Wittgenstein’s thought on, for example, language, cognition, subjectivity, alterity, temporality, belief, hermeneutics, logic, and perception. Drawing on a wealth of Beckett’s archival materials, much of it unpublished, Furlani’s study reveals the extent to which Wittgenstein fostered Beckett’s views and emboldened his purposes.

About the Author

ANDRE FURLANI is an associate professor in the department of English at Concordia University, Montreal.


"This brilliant book offers an original pairing of two major writers who are not presented in isolation: Furlani's broad culture includes Pound, Yeats, and Joyce. Thanks to a rigorous logical progression based on cogent thematic regroupings, we are invited to re-think Beckett via Wittgenstein, while exploring Wittgenstein's philosophy of language through the Beckett canon." — Jean-Michel Rabaté