By Jennifer M. Jeffers (auth.)
This is the 1st ebook to target masculinity in Samuel Beckett's paintings with a view to comprehend his ancient and nationwide context, the trouble of studying and examining his texts, and his ruthless disintegration of sexual and gendered norms all through his oeuvre.
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The formerly colonized Gaelic Irish go one step further in terms of gender subordination: If you wish to keep women at home and out of places of power, then write it into your constitution. C. ”45 As an “English Garrison” in Ireland, the Anglo-Irish Protestants were in a vulnerable and feminized position. C. Beckett posits, “if the Irish Protestants were in truth a garrison, they were a garrison in peculiar and difficult circumstances. ”46 While positioned as the colonizer by virtue of position, wealth, authority, and background by the Catholics, the AngloIrish Protestants were in fact a disenfranchised people in regard to Great 22 ● Beckett’s Masculinity Britain.
Forced departure, and it should be noted that this is not a literal enforcement, always necessitates a return. ” Without a Protestant collective masculinity based upon colonial homosocial British Traumatized Masculinity ● 35 standards of integrity, sportsmanship, and correct bodily comportment, Beckett is without a national community altogether. This loss leads to psychoanalysis in London and eventually to exile in Paris. Beckett’s strategy to exorcise the loss will be to perform it over and over again in his work.
Knowlson quotes the nearly eightyyear-old Beckett recounting this incident: I had gone into a friend called Gamble’s bed. I knew nothing about sex at the time. It was to tell him a Conan Doyle story. The Headmaster, Seale, came in with a torch in his hand and found me in bed with this other boy. Of course, it was his bed. So I was the guilty one. Seale had me in his room the next morning and asked me what I was doing in Gamble’s bed. I told him I was telling him a story. ” he said. So, I told him it was the Sherlock Holmes’ story, The Speckled Band.