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Critical theory and literature: Theodor W. Adorno and Samuel Beckett's 'The Unnamable'

Grant number: 14/12214-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2014
Effective date (End): February 21, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal researcher:Lucianno Ferreira Gatti
Grantee:Lucianno Ferreira Gatti
Host: Mark Nixon
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Reading, England  

Abstract

Theodor W. Adorno has left a range of notes on Samuel Beckett's novel The Unnamed , which should be harnessed for the development of an essay which has never been written. The research project presented here tries to reconstitute these annotations, highlighting one of the hypotheses formulated by Adorno, namely the assumption that Beckett's novel could be characterized as the consummation of a tendency of the contemporary novel toward the reflexive novel. In order to deploy this issue, the project intends to confront elements of Adorno's aesthetic reflection, in particular those concerning the form of the novel, with an investigation of the novel itself and the most recent secondary literature on it. (AU)

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