By S.E. Wilmer, Audroné Žukauskaitė
Deleuze and Beckett is a set of essays on particular facets of the Deleuze and Beckett interface. the various world's major Beckett and Deleuze experts follow assorted recommendations of Deleuzian philosophy to a variety of Beckett's oeuvre, together with his novels, brief tales, and degree, movie and tv paintings.
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New York: Columbia University Press. Deleuze, Gilles (1994) Difference and Repetition. Trans. Paul Patton. New York: Columbia University Press. Deleuze, Gilles (1997a) ‘The Exhausted’. Trans. Anthony Uhlmann. In Essays Critical and Clinical. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 152–174. Deleuze, Gilles (1997b) ‘The Greatest Irish Film (Beckett’s “Film”)’. In Essays Critical and Clinical. Trans. Daniel W. Smith and Michael A. Greco. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 23–26.
75–111). Structures emerge from these forms that are based on an invariance that fixes and limits our capacity to respond to experience and does no justice to the experience of life. I will argue that, in his 1983 play What Where (adapted for TV in 1986 and recently reproduced) Beckett engages with and ‘exhausts’ forms of thinking that closely relate to the Idea, and collective assemblages of enunciation, and in doing so challenges and renders these received modes of stability unstable. Beckett is one of the writers Deleuze admired (indeed, in the quotation cited above he makes an allusion to Beckett’s play Happy Days — ‘Ah!
These points are equally drawn to our attention in Beckett’s What Where. Rather than an identification based on the Idea, words constitute the group, which in turn acts in accordance with implicit presuppositions. The group, in What Where, is united by the logic that compels torture. So too, this occurs not through having witnessed, but having found out from the other, what the other has seen: they are asked to discover ‘that he said what to him’, ‘that he said where to him’, before being asked to reveal ‘what’ and ‘where’ (understood at second hand).