New Publication by Dr Little: Samuel Beckett in Confinement: The Politics of Closed Space

Dr Little's monograph entitled Samuel Beckett in Confinement: The Politics of Closed Space was published recently as part of Bloomsbury's Historicizing Modernism series. It argues that Beckett's use of closed space is a key part of his work, from the prisons and asylums which populate his early prose to the bins, boxes and urns of his later writing.
 
Confinement appears repeatedly in Samuel Beckett’s oeuvre – from the asylums central to Murphy and Watt to the carceral dynamics that shape plays such as Waiting for Godot and Endgame. Drawing on spatial theory and new archival research, Beckett in Confinement explores these recurring concepts of closed space to cast new light on the ethical and political dimensions of Beckett’s work. Covering the full range of Beckett’s writing career, including two plays he completed for prisoners, Catastrophe and the unpublished ‘Mongrel Mime’, the book shows how this engagement with the ethics of representing prisons and asylums stands at the heart of Beckett’s aesthetics.