Existentialism and poststructuralism have provided the two main theoretical approaches to Samuel Becketts work. These influential philosophical movements, however, owe a great debt to the phenomenological tradition. This volume, with contributions by major international scholars, examines the phenomenal in Becketts literary worlds, comparing and contrasting his writing with key figures including Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. It advances an analysis of hitherto unexplored phenomenological themes, such as nausea, immaturity and sleep, in Becketts work. Through an exploration of specific thinkers and Becketts own artistic method, it offers the first sustained and comprehensive account of Beckettian phenomenology.

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