Contouring the Essence of Nothingness in Beckett’s Texts for Nothing


KOKH Mariia

Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description On the international literary scene Samuel Beckett has, to a considerable degree, established himself as a connoisseur of nothingness. Although this fact manifests itself primarily through his dramas, even a cursory glance at Beckett’s prose works would enable the reader to uncover mentioned problem in an unapologetically explicit context. This work is devoted to the outlining of the essence of nothingness in Samuel Beckett’s collection Texts for Nothing. Basing on the series of thirteen texts, it analyzes the core of the named concept not only from the semantical and contextual viewpoint, but also linguistically. The language is being put under scrutiny both in terms of the narrator’s language competence and, generally, as a phenomenon and namely as the contour for delineating the essence of the notion as abstract as “nothing” – if not innately given, then obtained in the process of interpretation. The analysis also takes into the account such problematic aspects as the assumed, inherently impossible expression of nothingness and the failure of verbalization brought about by such process.
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