This study is about the central place of the emotional world in Beckett's writing. Stating that Beckett is ‘primarily about love’, it makes a re-assessment of his influence and immense popularity. The book examines numerous Beckettian texts, arguing that they embody a struggle to remain in contact with a primal sense of internal goodness, one founded on early experience with the mother. Writing itself becomes an internal dialogue, in which the reader is engaged, between a ‘narrative-self’ and a mother.

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Debatable lands and passable boundaries

’s ‘glimpses of things just beyond the reach of understanding’ are the internal landscape’s confused equivalent to the ‘far limits of the visible world’ (Barker 1992: 34) in the external landscapes of Scotland. Galloway’s internal dialogues make Joy’s head ‘the site of a multiplicity of competing voices, a dialogue of dialect no longer distributed between different characters in the narrative but interiorised in an inner dialectic’ (Craig 1998: 238). The ‘inner dialectic’ is unresolved; the loops of the words, the forms of the letters, provide a trap instead of a map with

in Across the margins
Missions, the colonial state and constructing a health system in colonial Tanganyika

in the Introduction, such collaboration between colonial state and non-state partners usually reflected colonial self-interest, and the model that had emerged by the mid-1940s certainly did that. But it also reflected internal dialogues within and between mission medical providers as to their wider social role. In other words, the public-private (voluntary) partnership that was established reflected

in Beyond the state