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New Interpretations of Beckett in the 21st Century

Beckett’s Masculinity

Authors: Jeffers, J.

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About this book

This is the first book to focus on masculinity in Samuel Beckett's work as a way to understand his historical and national context, the difficulty of reading and interpreting his texts, and his ruthless disintegration of sexual and gendered norms throughout his oeuvre.

About the authors

JENNIFER JEFFERS is Professor of English at Cleveland State University, USA.

Reviews

"Jeffers' Beckett's Masculinity makes a significant and original contribution to criticism on Beckett in advancing the argument that his subversion of traditional gender roles reflects Beckett's own sexual and cultural trauma." - Tony Bradley, co-editor of Gender and Sexuality in Modern Ireland.

"Jeffers makes a major contribution to this progressive re-evaluation of Beckett and his work by illustrating how he struggled to represent the collapsing identity of a specific kind of man in the wake of what Beckett experienced as a catastrophic shift in power after the Irish War of Independence. By re-reading his work in terms of his struggle to negotiate the irreversible loss of patriarchal privilege he had been raised to assume as a given, Jeffers connects Beckett's work with the exciting field of Masculinity Studies; perhaps more importantly, however, she re-positions his texts as valuable artifacts in the analysis of twentieth century Irish history, politics, and culture." - Stephen John Dilks, Associate Professor of English and Irish Literature, University of Missouri-Kansas City

"Among the high points of this volume is its consideration of the importance of Beckett's brother Frank's illness in understanding works like Endgame, in which Hamm often obsesses about the timing and taking of his painkillers and other aspects of being cared for." -History and Psyche


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Jeffers, Jennifer M.

    Pages 1-7

  • Traumatized Masculinity and Beckett’s Return

    Jeffers, Jennifer M.

    Pages 9-37

  • The Masculine Protest: Murphy and Watt

    Jeffers, Jennifer M.

    Pages 39-66

  • Return in the Postwar Fiction

    Jeffers, Jennifer M.

    Pages 67-94

  • Embodying Lost Masculinity in Waiting for Godot and Endgame

    Jeffers, Jennifer M.

    Pages 95-117

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-10146-3
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Hardcover $105.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-61528-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $100.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-37905-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beckett’s Masculinity
Authors
Series Title
New Interpretations of Beckett in the 21st Century
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Jennifer M. Jeffers
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10146-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230101463
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-61528-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37905-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 203
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