Rethinking Beckett A Collection Of Critical Essays

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Rethinking Abelard

A Collection of Critical Essays


Peter Abelard (1079-1142) is one of the most diversely gifted people of the Middle Ages. His letter writing, poetry, theology, logic, and ethics deal with almost every aspect of the trivium. This volume surveys his career to show how his extraordinary versatility enchanted and distressed his public. A selection of international specialists addresses the various aspects of Abelard's literary persona. The topics range from Abelard's personal history to his monastic thinking. There are essays on the letter collection, his views on love, ethical problems such as intention and suicide, his poetry and treatises written for Heloise and her nuns of the Paraclete. With its strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, Rethinking Abelard opens up new avenues for future scholarship. Contributors are: Michael T. Clanchy, Peter Cramer, Lesley-Anne Dyer, Juanita Feros Ruys, William Flynn, Babette Hellemans, Taina M. Holopainen, Eileen F. Kearney, Constant J. Mews, Eileen C. Sweeney, Ineke Van ‘t Spijker, Wim Verbaal, and Julian Yolles.
Publication Date:
3 April 2014

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Babette S. Hellemans, Ph.D. (2006), Utrecht University and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, is lecturer in Cultural and Medieval History at the University of Groningen. She has published several books and articles on cultural history, and medieval perspectives on time, memory and history. Hellemans is in the process of writing The Varieties of the Self: An Intellectual Biography of Peter Abelard.
Preface Note on Contributors Introduction by Babette S. Hellemans I. ABELARD IN CONTEXT Abelard, Heloise, and Discussion of Love in the Twelfth-Century Schools Constant Mews Abelard and the Jews Eileen C. Sweeney Divine Omnipotence and the Liberal Arts in Peter Damian and Peter Abelard Julian Yolles Conflict and Correspondence. Inner and Outer in Abelard and Hugh of Saint-Victor Ineke van ’t Spijker II. CONTROVERSY AND EXCHANGE Was Abelard right to deny that he wrote the book of "sentences"? Michael Clanchy Veiled Platonic Triads in Abelard’s Theologia ‘Summi Boni’ Lesley-Anne Dyer III. SHAPING LIFE Abelard and Rhetoric: Widows and Virgins at the Paraclete William Flynn Trapping the Future: Abelard's Multi-Layered Image-Building Wim Verbaal Intentions and Conscious Moral Choices in Peter Abelard’s “Know Yourself” Taina M. Holopainen ‘He who kills himself liberates a wretch’: Abelard on Suicide Juanita Feros Ruys IV. POETICS AND POETRY Peter Abelard’s Planctus ‘Dolorum solatium’: A New Song for David Eileen F. Kearney Abelard on the First Six Days Peter Cramer The Poetics of Abelard’s IngeniumBabette S. Hellemans Bibliography Index
All interested in the intellectual history of the Middle Ages, monasticism, poetry, culture, literature, religion and philosophy.

Despite the fact that it has been marked by a persistent interaction with Western plays and performance traditions, Beckett’s work has never featured extensively within the realms of Indian Theatre. In fact, if one studies Indian Theatre closely one finds that Indian playwrights and theatre groups have most extensively drawn upon authors such as Shakespeare, Brecht, Ibsen, Chekhov, and so on. The philosophical, cultural and formal dimension of Beckett’s plays, however, have never really been so easily assimilated. In fact, only Waiting for Godot, perhaps the most academically accessible text, has been translated and performed widely, and is also a part of the University curriculum. For example, 1970s West Bengal (an Eastern State of India) had witnessed a revolutionary movement called the Naxalite Movement. Agitprop dramas were in vogue and the masses supported the Movement. Drawing on debates about interculturalism and theatre, this essay will contextualise an interview with a theatre group behind a production of Waiting for Godot in Bengal during that time.

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