'Till Nohow On' - The Later Metafiction of Samuel Beckett

8 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2010 Last revised: 21 Apr 2010

Date Written: 1991

Abstract

This paper examines some of Samuel Beckett's late narratives ("Company," "Ill Seen Ill Said," "Worstward Ho" and "Stirrings Still"), with a focus on the evolution of his metafictional techniques, and more specifically the growing importance acquired by the thematization of the compositional process itself, as well as the attention paid to closure. These texts are interpreted here as explorations of the element of reading inherent to writing (implied reception). The paper also analyzes the stylistics of Beckett's prose and discusses its significance.

Keywords: Literature, Experimental Narrative, Samuel Beckett, Metafiction, Stylistics, Closure, Reflexivity

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, 'Till Nohow On' - The Later Metafiction of Samuel Beckett (1991). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1585267 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1585267

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.garcialanda.net

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