Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2020, Page: 60-68
The Self without the Other in Derrida’s Khora and Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable
Azita Zamani, Science & Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Received: Apr. 10, 2020;       Accepted: May 5, 2020;       Published: May 18, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200502.12      View  13      Downloads  24
The present research investigates the parallelism between Derrida’s reading of Plato’s Khora and Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable. Out of the rationality of logos, both resist being named and defined. Indeed, the complexity in their comprehension is due to their rejecting the rules and principles of language. As language constructs mentality, whatever is out of its boundaries, remains unnamable. In deconstructing Khora and The Unnamable, based on logos/mythos binary opposition, their mise en abyme structures resemble mythos to some extent, while the criteria are not met thoroughly. All the philosophical efforts in defining their essence fail and both remain inexplicable at the end. While deconstructing them based on different binary oppositions, we reach this point that they can be both and, at the same time, neither this nor that. The fact is that The Unnamable and Khora are situated somewhere between participation and exclusion. Oscillating at the threshold of presence/absence binary opposition, both can be comparable to subjectile, where the act of becoming is possible and the appropriate context for artistic representation happens to be. Khora acts as a vessel of creation of beings and forms, and The Unnamable creates a space for forming a narration out of the words. In the end, due to the lack of essence, none of them retains anything and both remains intact and neutral. In the end, all the efforts in attributing right characteristics to pin them down would lead into a pile of interpretations and metaphors, which are not referable and reliable and cannot be accounted more than a couple of subjective projections. Their existence and any determination toward their reality remain questionable.
Plato, Derrida, Beckett, Khora, Unnamable, Self, Other, Identity, Reality, Existence
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Azita Zamani, The Self without the Other in Derrida’s Khora and Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2020, pp. 60-68. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200502.12
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