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The Image of a Mind-Skull: Samuel Beckett’s "...but the clouds..." and Television-Philosophy

Mendelyté, Aténé LU (2015) In Film-Philosophy. International Salon-Journal 19. p.325-343
Abstract
The article offers a new approach for the exploration of media and television studies by extracting the television-philosophy implicit in Samuel Beckett’s television play …but the clouds…. The reading focuses on the immanent logic of the play seen as a televisual and an intermedial whole, instead of constructing it as an intertextual tapestry of references. The article argues against a popular interpretation of Beckett as the artist of failure. The reading of …but the clouds… as illustrating the failure of memory and as a comment on the televisual loss of pro-filmic referentiality is subsequently also contested. On the contrary, it is argued that the play in a self-reflexive positive gesture explores both the ontology of the... (More)
The article offers a new approach for the exploration of media and television studies by extracting the television-philosophy implicit in Samuel Beckett’s television play …but the clouds…. The reading focuses on the immanent logic of the play seen as a televisual and an intermedial whole, instead of constructing it as an intertextual tapestry of references. The article argues against a popular interpretation of Beckett as the artist of failure. The reading of …but the clouds… as illustrating the failure of memory and as a comment on the televisual loss of pro-filmic referentiality is subsequently also contested. On the contrary, it is argued that the play in a self-reflexive positive gesture explores both the ontology of the television-image and the ontology of memory as a process of conjuration by presenting a successful emergence of the televisual Image-in-itself. (Less)
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film-philosophy, Deleuze, Beckett, television play, mental space, time-image
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Film-Philosophy. International Salon-Journal
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19
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325 - 343
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Edinburgh University Press
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1466-4615
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  author       = {Mendelyté, Aténé},
  issn         = {1466-4615},
  keyword      = {film-philosophy,Deleuze,Beckett,television play,mental space,time-image},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {325--343},
  publisher    = {Edinburgh University Press},
  series       = {Film-Philosophy. International Salon-Journal},
  title        = {The Image of a Mind-Skull: Samuel Beckett’s "...but the clouds..." and Television-Philosophy},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2015},
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