Worstward Ho and On-words: Writing to(wards) the Point

  • Charles Krance

Abstract

‘Words’, observes Eugene Kaelin in The Unhappy Consciousness: The Poetic Plight of Samuel Beckett (Boston: D. Reidel, 1981), p. xvii, ‘suggest meanings in the images they create.’ In Beckett’s recent microtrilogy — Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, and Worstward Ho — words persistently suggest meanings in the images they cut short of being created.

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Notes

  1. 1.
    Caryl Emerson, ‘The Outer Word and Inner Speech’, Gary Saul Morson (ed.), in Bakhtin (University of Chicago Press, 1986), p. 32.Google Scholar
  2. 6.
    Daniel Albright, Representation and the Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 1981), texts accompanying Plates 7 and 8; see also Plate 6.Google Scholar
  3. 11.
    Gilbert Sorrentino, ‘Language — Lying and Treacherous’, New York Times Book Review, 25 May 1986, p. 23.Google Scholar
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    Heidegger, ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’, in Albert Hofstadter and Richard Kuhns (eds), Philosophies of Art and Beauty (New York: Modern Library, 1964), p. 697.Google Scholar
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    Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (New York: Grove Press, 1962), p. 11.Google Scholar

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