Pecora's reading of Samuel Beckett draws on previous work by Anthony Uhlmann and David Tucker on the influence of Arnold Geulincx
' occasionalism in Beckett's writing.
interprets categories (substance, unity, etc.) as modes of thinking.
David Tucker's Samuel Beckett and Arnold Geulincx
poses questions and provides answers regarding a relationship with which Beckett scholarship has long flirted yet until now has never satisfyingly addressed with a full-length book study.
Beginning with the philosophical observation at the heart of Murphy--Arnold Geulincx
's Ubi nihil vales, ibi nihil veles: "where you are worth nothing, there you should want nothing"--Beckett sets about revealing in his postwar fiction "the full bewilderment of ignorance regained." Particularly in the trilogy of novels Molloy, Malone Dies (Malone Meurt in the original French), and The Unnamable (L'Innommable), he pushes an aesthetic of renunciation, with protagonists increasingly stripped of agency, autonomy, and knowledge.
This section broadly explores topics that include Hersh Zeifman's discussion of Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead as being heavily influenced by not only Waiting for Godot, but also Beckett's short stories and the Belgian philosopher Arnold Geulincx
. Andrea Most examines West Side Storythrough the lens of early- and mid-twentieth-century Jewish influences on the entertainment industry in "West Side Storyand the Vestiges of Theatrical Liberalism." Peter Holland performs a reverse-chronological analysis of three adaptations for the stage in "Unwinding Coriolanus: Osborne, Grass, and Brecht." Robert Ormsby and John H.
Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians brings together a selection of Nadler's 1993-2004 articles on various Cartesian philosophers in one place, so the reader can observe for herself the carefully textually grounded and philosophically perceptive case he built for a more nuanced understanding of occasional causation in Arnauld, Cordemoy, de la Forge, Descartes, Geulincx
, Malebranche (and the influence of occasionalism on Leibniz and Hume).
While Hersh Zeifman's essay discusses the existential relationship between Belgian philosopher Arnold Geulincx
's image of the boat journey in Samuel Beckett's Molly, Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Shakespeare's Hamlet, the three subsequent essays concern adaptations of Shakespeare in non-dramatic media such as musicals, novels, films, and television.
Part 1, "Shakespeare in Modern Drama," includes: Peter Holland, "Unwinding Coriolanus: Osborne, Grass, and Brecht" (25-47); Hersh Zeifman, "Three Men in a Boat: Stoppard, Beckett, and the Ghost of Arnold Geulincx
" (48-55); Andrea Most, "West Side Story and the Vestiges of Theatrical Liberalism" (56-75); Margaret Jane Kidnie, "Staging Shakespeare for 'Live' Performance in The Eyre Affair and Stage Beauty" (76-92); John H.
One can trace Beckett's reading under his own headings: History of Western Philosophy; Augustine of Hippo and Porphyry on Plotinus; Germany, Europe, and the French Revolution; Rabelais; English Literature; German Literature; Irish History; University Wits; Frederic Mistral and the Felibridge Poets; Fritz Mauthner; Latin excerpts from Arnoldus Geulincx
, La Forge, and Cordemoy adopted occasionalism for a variety of reasons, but none did so because of a need to provide a solution to a perceived mind-body problem.