Beckett, Lacan and the Mathematical Writing of the Real

Beckett, Lacan and the Mathematical Writing of the Real proposes writing as a mathematical and logical operation to build a bridge between Lacanian psychoanalysis and Samuel Beckett’s prose works. Arka Chattopadhyay studies aspects such as the fundamental operational logic of a text, use of mathematical forms like geometry and arithmetic, the human obsession with counting, the moving body as an act of writing and love, and sexuality as a challenge to the limits of what can be written through logic and mathematics. Chattopadhyay reads Beckett’s prose works, including How It Is, Company, Worstward Ho, Malone Dies and Enough to highlight this terminal writing, which halts endless meanings with the material body of the word and gives Beckett a medium to inscribe what cannot be written otherwise.

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MLA 2018: Samuel Beckett and the Discourse of Psychoanalysis

At the 2018 MLA Annual Convention in New York City, Panel 672 will be devoted to ‘Samuel Beckett and the Discourse of Psychoanalysis’. The panel will include presentations by Daniela Caselli, Arka Chattopadhyay, and Laura Salisbury. It will take place on Saturday 6 January in Sheraton, Madison Square, and run from 5.15pm-6.30pm.

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