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“Occasional extinction or more likely occultation”: form and source in “Long Observation of the Ray”

Davies, W. (2019) “Occasional extinction or more likely occultation”: form and source in “Long Observation of the Ray”. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, 31 (1). pp. 82-97. ISSN 0927-3131

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1163/18757405-03101007

Abstract/Summary

This article analyses Samuel Beckett’s unpublished prose piece “Long Observation of the Ray” (UoR MS 2909; 1975–1976) and considers the formal, thematic, and intertextual aspects of the text in order to reflect on its ‘abandoned’ status. By drawing attention to possible sources for the linguistic and descriptive choices that Beckett makes throughout the manuscript, the article argues that the text represents a partial return to the author’s abiding interest in calculations of light and distance first prompted by his study of astronomy, a return which he uses to further his experimentation with form and structure in “Long Observation of the Ray” and beyond.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Beckett studies
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:85390
Publisher:Rodopi

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