College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

Full Title of Thesis or Dissertation

Beyond this is a nothing: Beckett's early fiction

Graduation Date

6-2016

Document Type

Thesis

College/Department Conferring Degree

English

Keywords

Samuel Beckett, Edmund Husserl, Three Novels, Murphy, Watt

Abstract

This paper examines the parallels between Samuel Beckett's first five novels, Murphy, Watt, Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable, and philosophy, arguing that Murphy is best understood as a satire of Descartes, Watt is best understood as a satire of Wittgenstein, and Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable are best understood as a satire of Husserl.

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