By Elizabeth Barry

This new booklet situates Beckett in a philosophical and literary culture that has argued for the artistic worth of stupidity, a key notion within the considering philosophers reminiscent of Wittgenstein. It investigates the connection among verbal cliché, revealing the suggestions he used to problem highbrow and social authority in his works.

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He not only cites Flaubert’s censure of bˆetise, the idiocy that seems to creep into any common utterance, but also reiterates the idea that no expression, however elevated in aim, is completely Introduction 23 immune to it. Paulhan remarks, ‘commonplaces can be intelligent or stupid, I don’t know which, and I don’t see any way of ever knowing it with any rigour’ (Paulhan, 138–139). This question has been restated frequently in more recent criticism. Barthes, discussing Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pecuchet in his study of realism, S/Z, asks, ‘how can stupidity be pinned down without declaring oneself intelligent?

Earlier in the story of Belacqua’s wedding, the narrator hastens to detach himself from the idea that the hero’s passion for his lover, Thelma, could have financial considerations: to suggest that [Thelma’s fortune] was implied, however slightly, in his brusque obsession with the beneficiary to be, would constitute such an obloquy as we do not much care to deal in. (MPTK, 127) A financial motive is the kind of stock interpretation often suggested by a narrator’s appeal to a ‘type’ in realist fiction, as Eliot’s vulturine relatives hanging over Mr Featherstone’s sickbed in Middlemarch illustrate.

The preoccupation with avoiding clich´e in one’s work, Paulhan argues, not only invites insidious clich´e to emerge unbidden there, but also, which is worse, might give one’s work in general the flatness and passivity of clich´e itself. The reaction to the long-seated tradition of formal composition was a hostility to clich´e that threatened to paralyze French literary composition. The kinds of Terror that can be identified from Paulhan’s survey are abiding concerns in the debate over metaphor itself.

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