This ground-breaking study considers the question of testimony in Samuel Beckett's work. Beckett's prose fiction is read t as revealing veiled references to the Holocaust, but in terms of its engagement with the discursive structures seen in testimony. The insistent concern with the limits of expression in Beckett allows new light to be shed on the problem of 'unspeakability' as it arises in Holocaust studies, in visual studies and elsewhere in critical theory. The resulting frameworks allow testimony to be rethought, alongside the idea of the archive, both as a mode of expression and as a form of kwledge.
DAVID HOUSTON JONES Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Exeter, UK. His publications include The Body Abject: Self and Text in Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett (2000), Jean Genet, 'Journal du voleur' (2004) and a critical edition of Francois Tanazacq's La Supreme Abjection de la Passion du Christ (2001).