"All men talk, when talk they must, the same tripe": Beckett, Derrida and Needle Wylie

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Abstract

The intertextual relations between Beckett and Derrida are considered through the prism of Murphy and Wylie's assertion that all men talk the same tripe "once a certain degree of insight has been reached". This does not question the validity of possible paradigms of intertextual relation, yet it does question the value of those relations, making them inevitable as if the "quantum" of the intellectual "wantum" cannot vary. This valueless (and hence non-judgemental) relation acts as an escape into a non-agonistic form of influence, and turns progress into repetition which can only be short-circuited by choosing not to talk at all.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-250
Number of pages15
JournalSamuel Beckett Today - Aujourd hui
Volume14
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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