Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape: Remembering Kant, Forgetting Proust

Wilson, Sue (2017) Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape: Remembering Kant, Forgetting Proust. Modern Drama, 60 (1). pp. 46-68. ISSN 1712-5286

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This article draws on Samuel Beckett’s recently published letters and archival scholarship to consider the place of Immanuel Kant’s critical epistemology within Beckett’s early thinking and his subsequent works. Beginning from Beckett’s engagement with Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, demonstrated by notes taken from Wilhelm Windelband’s A History of Philosophy between 1932 and 1933, excerpts from Jules de Gaultier’s From Kant to Nietzsche in the “Whoroscope” Notebook, and Beckett’s acquisition of Immanuel Kants Werke in 1938, I offer a close analysis of the philosophical underpinnings of Beckett’s parody of Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu in Krapp’s Last Tape. The larger purpose of this article is to argue that a critique of metaphysical thought can be found in Beckett’s work and to demonstrate that Kant’s influence as a philosophical source of this critique has been largely overlooked in Beckett criticism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Samuel Beckett, Kant, Proust
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 10:39
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:59

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