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題名:‘Late! . . . we are doubly late, trebly, quadrupedly late’: Late Modernism in Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall
作者:Tzu-Ching Yeh
期刊名稱:NTU Studies in Language and Literature
摘要:This paper seeks to examine Samuel Beckett’s literary indebtness to James Joyce through textual affinities between Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Beckett’s first radio play All That Fall (1956). I will address the thematic issue of modernist epiphany by working through the elements of fall and loss in both texts, and to determine the sense in which Beckett’s radio play can be profitably regarded as late modernist – a distinctive style that grows out of and goes beyond modernism. Applying literary-periodizing terms to Beckett’s work is a prevalent trend, and the concepts of modernism and postmodernism dominate Beckett studies; however, this practice is hardly ever directed at his radio drama. I shall therefore seek a way beyond that binary impasse by working with the newer notion of “late modernism” in relation to Beckett’s All That Fall by proposing a limited model to reassess the Joyce-Beckett relationship through to Beckett’s practice of rewriting Joycean elements. I seek to examine the double functions of late modernism that both succeed and transform modernism based on an examination of the Joyce-Beckett relationship to explore how Beckett’s radio play is in crucial respects indebted to as well as a departure from Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
英文關鍵字:ate modernism, Beckett, Joyce, fall, loss, epiphany, All That Fall, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man