Eric P. Levy
Analyzes the original concepts with which experience
is formulated in the Beckett canon.
"Throughout Trapped in Thought: A Study of the Beckettian Mentality, Levy refers extensively to preceding scholarship, while diverging from it to offer a weighty and original philosophical analysis of the foundations of Beckettian thought."
—New Hibernia Review
"Wholly enlightening and an important read. . . . The import, strength, and originality of the project lie in Levy’s thorough knowledge of the Beckett oeuvre and his related concern for allowing primary texts to speak as much as possible about the uniquely complex and profound, ultimately discernable and consistent, modes of existence that concerned their author."
—Nels Pearson, Tennessee State University
Eric P. Levy’s book investigates the mentality or attitude of cognitive apprehension expressed in Beckettian texts. Primary areas of concern include how the Beckettian attitude began, what concepts it invents or transforms to sustain its mode of thought, how the mentality wards off factors which would refute or heal it, and, most paradoxical of all, why this mentality ultimately reduces the mind to an estranged source of thought, continuously repudiated by its own awareness. The study uncovers the strategies by which experience is evacuated of all content but that consistent with the attitude registering it.
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Eric P. Levy is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is the author of Beckett and the Voice of Species: A Study of the Prose Fiction.
5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 200 pages