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Beckett Beyond the Normal

Seán Kennedy


This book examines why Beckett’s writing is so queer, so disabled and disabling. Why did Beckett write so soften 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.

Keywords: Beckett, Biopolitics, Disability, Normal, Perversion, Psychoanalysis, Queer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474460460
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seán Kennedy, editor