Women and Ireland as Beckett's Lost Others: Beyond Mourning and Melancholia

Hardcover | May 15, 2010

byRina Kim

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Opening up contemporary debates about emotion in social and historical contexts, Women and Ireland as Beckett`s Lost Others investigates the relationship between emotion, memory, exile and language. Using a psychoanalytic framework, this monograph traces discourses of mourning (Klein) , melancholia (Freud) and abjection (Kristeva) in Beckett`s prose and drama, and demonstrates how Ireland and women are often Beckett`s objects of loss. This study primarily focuses on Beckett`s exploitation of ambivalent yet conscious use of psychoanalytic concepts in his works on an aesthetic level. It also addresses the impact of one of the key events in Beckett`s life, his self-imposed exile, on his poetics of grieving. By exploring Beckett`s ambiguous representations of his homeland - Ireland - and women in general and the mother in particular throughout his oeuvre, this study unveils his uneasy relationship with them -- an anxious part of his identity.

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Opening up contemporary debates about emotion in social and historical contexts, Women and Ireland as Beckett`s Lost Others investigates the relationship between emotion, memory, exile and language. Using a psychoanalytic framework, this monograph traces discourses of mourning (Klein) , melancholia (Freud) and abjection (Kristeva) in B...

RINA KIM is Lecturer in Drama at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.82 × 5.79 × 0.74 inPublished:May 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230230474

ISBN - 13:9780230230477

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