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      Thinking Through Relation : Encounters in Creative Critical Writing 

      Reasons Not to MoveArguments Against Desire and Knowledge in Late Beckett

      Peter Lang

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          The aim of this essay, or rather, of this thought experiment, which is how I intend it, is to gain a purchase on a late work by Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho, and in particular to do so via an attention to the incidences of the word ‘still’. To ‘gain a purchase’ might seem an excessively modest aim in the context of literary studies seen as an interpretative science. However, as I aim to show, in part through an engagement with the critical work of Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit, it is in the nature of literary works to trouble the immodesty of interpretation and to forestall the imposition and rhetoric of realisable aims and solutions.

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