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New Interpretations of Beckett in the 21st Century

Sex and Aesthetics in Samuel Beckett's Work

Authors: Stewart, P.

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This book places sex and sexuality firmly at the heart of Beckett. From the earliest prose to the late plays, Paul Stewart uncovers a profound mistrust of procreation which nevertheless allows for a surprising variety of non-reproductive forms of sex which challenge established notions of sexual propriety and identity politics.

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PAUL STEWART is an Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He is the author of Zone of Evaporation: Samuel Beckett's Disjunctions, as well as numerous articles on facets of Beckett's works for such journals as The Journal of Beckett Studies and Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui.

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"Here, finally, is the first comprehensive study of sex in Beckett s work, and Stewart tackles this fascinating and complex topic with intellectual dexterity, scholarly rigor, and necessary wit. Whether dealing with erudite references, textual details, or larger philosophical concerns, this book shows fine critical judgment in examining the role sex and sexuality plays in Beckett s aesthetic thinking." - Mark Nixon, Director, Beckett International Foundation, University of Reading

"Stewart's compelling book is the best study currently available of how the material of art comes from the mixed world of matter. He negotiates the familiar pathways and the less frequented back roads with admirable fluency, flexibility, and flair, and opens up a whole new field both for the Beckett beginner and for seasoned performers misguided enough to suppose they knew their Beckett well." - John Pilling, Emeritus Professor of English and European Literature, University of Reading

"Stewart's book is a milestone in our understanding of sexuality in Beckett's work. Stewart brings a sane, informed, and judicious eye to assessing the varieties of sexual representation, from the early to the late writings, linking them to key themes of death, desire, deviancy, and the discontents of artistic creativity. A penetrating and refreshing analysis." - Rónán McDonald, Australian Ireland Fund Chair of Modern Irish Studies, University of New South Wales


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sex and Aesthetics in Samuel Beckett's Work
Authors
Series Title
New Interpretations of Beckett in the 21st Century
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33927-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230339279
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10881-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29162-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 229
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