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"Accursed Progenitor!" Fin de partie and Georges Bataille

Abstract:
This article compares elements of Georges Bataille's Histoire de l'œil (1928) with Beckett's Fin de partie (1957) and Endgame (1958), arguing for a possible influence. Focussing on the figure of Hamm, the paper traces the congruence with two published descriptions of Bataille's father. This includes comparison of manuscript precursors to Fin de partie and a description of Beckett's encounters with Bataille and his work.

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, English
Journal:
Samuel Beckett Today - Aujourd'hui
Volume:
22
Pages:
107-121
Publication date:
2011
ISSN:
0927-3131
URN:
uuid:70c3f7da-efcc-4ded-a58b-93be3bd44c2b
Source identifiers:
302580
Local pid:
pubs:302580
Language:
English

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