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Author Newton, Robert Lynn, author.
Title Dark paradise : rapture and typos in Dante and Beckett / by Robert Lynn Newton.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  PN1657 .Z95 2012 N39eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (vi, 86 pages)
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Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 82-86).
Summary The intertextuality of Dante and Beckett is examined through the use of dramatic contrasts in light and dark. Rapture represents sentient light, derived from Dante's study of Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Avicenna. Its opposite, Typos, is a material form that cancels the light, casts a shadow, or leaves a signature of the creator on the face of creation. Characters in Beckett's Happy Days and the stories "Ding-Dong" and "Dante and the Lobster" present manifestations of Dante's Beatrice figure centered in the attributes of facial expressions as a sign of Rapture. The Typos found in Dante's poetic imagery is traced in Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, Molloy, Footfalls, and Rough for Radio II. In the works of Beckett's late period, Not I, and Ill Seen Ill Said, he offers us an inversion of Dante's symbolism, in which darkness is no longer infernal but divine. The brilliant light of God's presence that pervades Dante's Paradiso is so overpowering to modern eyes that Beckett can only do it justice by representing it with its opposite: the Dark Paradise in which the darkness is no longer a threat but a sacred space.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on January 28, 2013).
Subject Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Light and darkness in literature.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Theatre.
OCLC number 849959544