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The Empty Too

Language and Philosophy in the Works of Samuel Beckett

Author(s): Arthur Broomfield
Subject: Philosophy

Book Description

This engaging and often controversial study of Beckett’s works argues that, for Beckett, pure language is reality. Taking its title from a sentence in Worstward Ho, this rigorous reading of Beckett’s key texts claims that what we perceive in the existential world can never be proved to exist, while language survives scrutiny, and will ‘go on’ to become the real, once it has been divested of its connection to the corporeal. This book draws on the major philosophers to support this thesis, but in so doing argues that Beckett’s thinking surpasses all of theirs, because Beckett’s art is his philosophy and his philosophy is his art. For Beckett, pure language is beyond the text, it is the unpresentable presence, Hamm’s ‘life to come’.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5402-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5402-6
Date of Publication: 01/02/2014
Pages / Size: 108 / A5
Price: £39.99


Dr Arthur Broomfield is a literary critic and teacher. He has published a number of essays on the works of Samuel Beckett. He has also published essays on Maria Edgeworth, and on John McGahern’s works, and on the Gospel according to Saint John. Broomfield is a graduate of The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and was awarded his PhD in English literature by Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.