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Seán Kennedy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474460460

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460460.001.0001

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‘Here all is strange’: Beckett beyond the Normal

‘Here all is strange’: Beckett beyond the Normal

(p.1) ‘Here all is strange’: Beckett beyond the Normal
Beckett Beyond the Normal

Seán Kennedy

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces Beckett beyond the Normal. It argues that Beckett’s writing before World War Two was influenced by his experience of mental illness and psychoanalytic therapy. He was invalidated by illness, alienated from Ireland’s normalising society, and turned to writing to express his struggles in artistic form. After the war, he saw how Hitler’s Nazis and the Stalinist purges had changed everything, and began to search for a new form of art that could accommodate the mess.

Keywords:   Beckett, Biopolitics, Disability, Desire, Humanism, Normalising, Psychoanalysis

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