Hardback, published in 2000 (this printing 2003) by The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. "The Painted Word" examines Samuel Beckett's relationship with the visual arts, in an effort to shed new light on the author's work and on his thinking on aesthetics.
Lois Oppenheim argues that Beckett was a profoundly visual artist whose work reflects a preoccupation with the visual as a paradigm of creativity. She presents the three principal forms taken by Samuel Beckett's dialogue with art, and more precisely, painting: his critical writing on art, the function of art in his narrative and theatrical writing, and his indirect "collaborations" with painters.The volume's starting point is the current debate over Beckett's place with regard to modernism and postmodernism. Contextualizing his practice of art with his thinking on art, Oppenheim resituates the debate in conjunction with philosopher Merleau-Ponty's writings on painting and reveals the unifying force of all Beckett's work that resides in a play of visibility. Broadly interdisciplinary, "The Painted Word" will appeal to those interested in aesthetics and the philosophy of art as well in Beckett's work.
At the time of publication, Lois Oppenheim was Professor of French and Chair, Department of French, German, and Russian, at Montclair State University. She was President of The Samuel Beckett Society, and the author of many books including "Directing Beckett".
Very good condition hardcover in good dust jacket. Jacket has some bumps and marks, especially on spine. Some discolouration marks on page ends but no inscriptions or markings on pages.