By S.E. Wilmer, Audroné Žukauskaitė
Deleuze and Beckett is a suite of essays on particular points of the Deleuze and Beckett interface. a number of the world's prime Beckett and Deleuze experts observe varied innovations of Deleuzian philosophy to quite a lot of Beckett's oeuvre, together with his novels, brief tales, and level, movie and tv paintings.
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A painting of the human form, for example, shows us a specific point of view of that given object: we are drawn into this point of view and further distort it by adding our own point of view to it so that it becomes ours. The painting in no way follows the proportions or relations of the original; indeed, it produces its effect of resemblance by not following them. In reflecting a point of view, however, it also might be compared to the relative truths encountered in Plato’s Protagoras. For what is a relative truth other than the notion of an object when perceived from a certain point of view?
20). Beckett too may have created a monster. One of the most compelling discourses in Creative Evolution (1944; first published 1907, and in English 1911) is Bergson’s thinking through the issues of nothing,4 in which any negation, any inclusion of a ‘not’ in a statement announces ‘that some other affirmation, whose content I do not specify, will have to be substituted for the one I find before me’ (Bergson, 1944, p. 315). It is the ‘zero’ of Deleuze and Guattari’s critique, and centre stage in Beckett’s first two published, eponymous, English novels, Murphy and Watt, the former in its pursuit of not annihilation but fulfilment, the latter plagued by its apparitions in the house of Mr Knott.
V is already ‘beyond the grave’ and exists only as an Idea, or only in thought or spirit. In turn the four protagonists we see exist in the ‘field of memory’ of V. Yet these are not identical. ‘Bam’ is V: that is, using the terms outlined above, he is a copy of the Idea. Yet, the other four are not copies of V; rather, they are ‘as alike as possible’ but different from him. 6 This copy and these simulacra, in turn, are fixed, or stuck: while the process of interrogation is exhausted as the series of vowels are defeated in turn, the process of interrogation itself remains suspended, unable to conclude, as no answers have been achieved.