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Beckett Beyond the Normal$
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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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‘As if the sex matters’: Beckett, Barthes and Endgame in Love

‘As if the sex matters’: Beckett, Barthes and Endgame in Love

(p.90) Chapter 6 ‘As if the sex matters’: Beckett, Barthes and Endgame in Love
Beckett Beyond the Normal

James Brophy

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reads Beckett's Endgame alongside another prominent work of the mid-century French literary context, Roland Barthes's A Lover's Discourse: Fragments. It proposes that queer readings of Beckett's play have emphasized queer sexual relations and sexual acts at the cost of attending to the experience of love as itself a potentially queered condition. Emphasizing the relationship of Clov and Hamm as an ongoing dialogue in the sense of that undertaken by Barthes's figure of the plagued Romantic lover, or l'amoureux, this reading finds in Barthes's work precisely the critical vocabulary to make the queer experience and relations of Beckett's play visible.

Keywords:   Beckett, Barthes, Endgame, A Lover’s Discourse, Love, Relationships, Queer

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