Beckett’s Masculinity by Jennifer M. Jeffers (auth.) PDF

By Jennifer M. Jeffers (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0230101461

ISBN-13: 9780230101463

ISBN-10: 1349379050

ISBN-13: 9781349379057

This is the 1st ebook to target masculinity in Samuel Beckett's paintings on the way to comprehend his old and nationwide context, the trouble of interpreting and studying his texts, and his ruthless disintegration of sexual and gendered norms all through his oeuvre.

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In every society, each child, boy or girl, has patterns and expectations already in place. Gender is assigned by the sexed body and it is difficult to think outside of this binary. Connell argues that “Bodies cannot be understood as a neutral medium of social practice. Their materiality matters. They will do certain things and not others. ”58 Bodies, according to Michel Foucault, became regulated in the late eighteenth century. ”60 What Foucault fails to mention concerning the “four great strategic unities” is that knowledge and power are completely patriarchal and masculine defined.

100 The answer Freud formulates is that the child lacked control over his mother’s departures and returns so he enacts a simulation of “gone” and “there” in an attempt to master the situation: At the outset he was in a passive situation—he was overpowered by the experience; but, by repeating it, unpleasurable though it was, as a game, he took on an active part. These efforts might be put down to an instinct for mastery that was acting independently of whether the memory was in itself pleasurable or not .

From the colonizers’ perspective, the Gaelic Irish were ethnically, even racially, different from the British. P. 52 This concept only exacerbated the colonizer’s view of the Catholic Other as effeminate: “The stereotype of the clean-cut young Englishman— tall and strong—informed this [Evangelical] masculinity. ”54 The Gaelic Irish male was the countertype to the nineteenth-century colonial masculine ideal. The standard nineteenth-century hegemonic discourse in Britain was “muscular Christianity” advocated by Charles Kingsley and the author of the Tom Brown’s School Days books for boys, Thomas Hughes.

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