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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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Beckett’s Queer Time of Défaillance: Ritual and Resistance in Happy Days

Beckett’s Queer Time of Défaillance: Ritual and Resistance in Happy Days

(p.105) Chapter 7 Beckett’s Queer Time of Défaillance: Ritual and Resistance in Happy Days
Beckett Beyond the Normal

Nic Barilar

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter draws on Beckett’s Happy Days production notebooks to argue against critical assessments of Winnie as an exemplar of British pluck. Rather, the domestic rituals she performs serve to distract her from ever-encroaching entropy. Read in queer time, as chrononormative regulators, Winnie’s rituals are recast as coping mechanisms that help to normalise her abnormal situation. Happy Days thus challenges prevailing understandings of the politics of queer time, queer failure, and performance. Happy Days is read historically as a response to late capitalism’s regulatory regimes. Winnie’s queer experience of time is the audience’s, too, and her failures implicate them in their own attachments to deadening routine. Winnie’s performance of internalised discipline models (and critiques) how commodity culture deadens existence, but also how theatre as spectacle normalises suffering.

Keywords:   Beckett , Happy Days, Queer, Time, Ritual, Resistance, Performance

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