Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The self-conscious reader: Interpretive strategies and the ethics of reading in Beckett's “Molloy” and “The Unnamable”
by Persaud, Philip, M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2007, 42; 1445173
Abstract (Summary)

One of the prominent themes in Samuel Beckett's Molloy and The Unnamable is the internalization of the reading process. These novels bring forth such concerns as the reading process itself and the role of the reader. My purpose is to investigate how Beckett's narrators "read" themselves which, in turn, impacts our reading. Because they inhabit a world of discourse, according to the protocols of the reading process, the narrators are ethically obligated to respond to their "text." We can therefore regard the narrators as allegorized versions of actual readers. Drawing on Robert Scholes' reading model and employing a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach involving Wolfgang Iser and Hans Georg Gadamer, I aim to demonstrate how Molloy and Moran inadequately read themselves, complicating our understanding of them; meanwhile, the Unnamable responds to the urgencies of his physical and textual crisis in the only ethical way he knows how: by ceaselessly speaking.

Indexing (document details)
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 46/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature
Keywords: Ireland
Publication Number: 1445173
ISBN: 978-0-549-10239-7
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