Beckett's Words: The Promise of Happiness in a Time of Mourning

2016.02.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Kleinberg-Levin, Beckett's Words: The Promise of Happiness in a Time of Mourning, Bloomsbury, 2015, 313pp., $29.95 (pbk),
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2016.02.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Kleinberg-Levin, Beckett's Words: The Promise of Happiness in a Time of Mourning, Bloomsbury, 2015, 313pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781474216838. Reviewed by Gerald L. Bruns, University of Notre Dame This book is the third volume in a trilogy in which David Kleinberg-Levin attempts to develop an unorthodox philosophy of hope, one derived from the reading of a number of twentieth-century literary texts -- in other words, a philosophy that diverges from the politico-theological tradition represented by such canonical works as Ernst Bloch's The Principle of Hope (1938-47) and Jürgen Moltmann's Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology (1964).[1] Levin does not engage these texts -- instead his recurrent references are to Walter Benjamin's secularized Messianism and T. W. Adorno's critique of Enlightenment, from both of which he takes his starting point: namely that. . .

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