ECHOES OF BERGSONIAN VITALISM IN SAMUEL BECKETT'S EARLY WORKS

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From 1889 to 1934, Henri Bergson differentiated between two aspects of a dynamic naturalism: on the one hand, a rationalized "homogeneous duration" that quantifies a dissected reality by means of symbolisation, and on the other hand, intuited "heterogeneous moments" that dissolve symbols in representing continuously interpenetrating elements qualitatively. These concurring vitalistic conceptions, one of an intellectual, the other of an intuitive nature, can equally be detected in Beckett's attempts to integrate being into art. This comparative inquiry examines resonances of Bergson's vitalism as residual elements of his fading influence in Beckett's early works.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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