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The Gaze of the Caged Woman

Sexuality and Performance in Selected Beckett Plays

Ila Ahlawat

This book investigates the themes of female entrapment and the feminine gaze, and explores how they function as theatrical metaphors in Samuel Beckett’s later plays. It offers a novel perspective on love between Beckettian women, interrogating the trope of bodily sickness and its manifestations on the stage, and analysing how this relates to queer drives in women. Ambitious and thought-provoking, the book engages with the work of a range of theorists on psychoanalysis, feminism, sexuality, voyeurism and theatricality. The arguments presented here will be of interest to specialists in modernism and postmodernism, theatre, and gender studies.

CONTENTS: Inside the Mounds, Urns and Bins: Living the Other Way – Of Pathless Wanderings and Mothers and Daughters – Drowning the Memory of the Father – Voicing the Self from Darkness.