Introduction From WITTGENSTEIN’S LADDER: POETIC LANGUAGE AND THE STRANGENESS OF THE ORDINARY University of Chicago Press, Copyright © 1996 by The University of Chicago Marjorie Perloff –Do not forget that a poem, although it is composed in the language of information, is not used in the language-game of giving information. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Zettel –Philosophy ought [...]
THE LETTERS OF SAMUEL BECKETT, Vol. I: 1929-1940 EDITED BY MARTHA DOW FEHSENFELD and LOIS MORE OVERBECK Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. xcix + 782 pp. $50 cloth. Marjorie Perloff In literary annals, 2009 may well go down as the year that saw the publication, not of this or that novel, set of poems, or “important” [...]
“An Image from a Past Life”:
Beckett’s Yeatsian Turn
Published in Fulcrum, No. 6, 2007
–Reciting from Yeats’s “Friends,” in coming to the lines
While up from my heart’s root
So great a sweetness flows
I shake from head to foot,
Sam would stand up and repeat them, saying “Imagine such feeling—“So great a sweetness flows / […]
Published by American Conservatory Theory, October 2003
Jan Kott: “We do [Brecht] when we want Fantasy. When we want
Realism, we do ‘Waiting for Godot’.”
What can the great Polish dramaturge have meant by this seemingly perverse statement? One usually thinks of Brecht’s political theatre, with its topical plots, Marxist themes and historical characters like Galileo or Hitler (Arturo Ui) as “realistic,” whereas Beckett’s “circus” play in which […]
Words and Music as Hörspiel
Published in The Beckett Circle 26, no. 2 (Fall 2003): 207-11.
Beckett’s third radio play, Words and Music, written for BBC Radio and broadcast in November 1962, presents a curious anomaly in the Beckett canon, for a good portion of this radio play is given over to a musical score, to be written by a collaborator. For its first […]
published in Samuel Beckett and the Arts: Music, Visual Arts, and Non-Print Media (New York and London: Garland, 1999), pp. 247-68.
–The primary purpose of radio is to convey information from one place to another through the intervening media (i.e. air space, nonconducting materials) without wires.
–New Columbia Encyclopedia
– Thesis: The phonograph […]
published in Iowa Review, 35, no. 2 (2005): 76-103.
Vire will wind in other shadows
unborn through the bright ways tremble
and the old mind ghost-forsaken
sink into its havoc.