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Beckett’s DantesIntertextuality in the Fiction and Criticism$
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Daniela Caselli

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071560

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071560.001.0001

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Belacqua does not observe ‘the rule of the road’

Belacqua does not observe ‘the rule of the road’

(p.35) 2 Belacqua does not observe ‘the rule of the road’
Beckett’s Dantes

Daniela Caselli

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses questions about the possibility of textual stability. It shows that Belacqua, the protagonist of Dream of Fair to Middling Women, is a character and his own critique. It takes note of his artificiality and the process of his fabrication that are constantly foregrounded. This chapter shows that instead of explaining the quirks of Belacqua Shuah, Dante's Belacqua adds to his literariness while taking away from his realism.

Keywords:   textual stability, Belacqua, Dream of Fair to Middling Women, artificiality, fabrication, quirks, literariness, realism

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