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Beckett beyond the normal.

Author: Sean Kennedy
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores Beckett's artistic vision at the intersection of queer, disability and posthumanist studies. The first volume to address norms and normalcy as an enduring target of Beckettian skepticism. Shifts the emphasis from generic talk of 'Other Becketts' to specific accounts of the queer, the disabling, the abnormalising aspects of the mature works. Absorbs and transcends the philosophy/history binary that has  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Kennedy
ISBN: 9781474460460 1474460461
OCLC Number: 1235762100
Description: 244 p.
Responsibility: Sean Kennedy.

Abstract:

Explores Beckett's artistic vision at the intersection of queer, disability and posthumanist studies. The first volume to address norms and normalcy as an enduring target of Beckettian skepticism. Shifts the emphasis from generic talk of 'Other Becketts' to specific accounts of the queer, the disabling, the abnormalising aspects of the mature works. Absorbs and transcends the philosophy/history binary that has shaped the last twenty years. Brings Beckett Studies into the twenty-first century as the first intersectional volume to address queerness, disability and biopolitics together. This book examines why Beckett's writing is so queer, so disabled and disabling. Why did Beckett write so often about mental illness, disability, perversion? Why did he take such an interest in 'abnormals' and 'degenerates'? How did he reconceive 'the human' in the wake of Hitler and Stalin? Drawing on Beckett's voluminous archive, as well as his primary texts, the authors use psychoanalysis, queer theory, disability theory and biopolitics to push Beckett studies beyond the normal.

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