Sex and Aesthetics in Samuel Becketts Work
Palgrave Macmillan | 2011 | ISBN: 0230108814 | 238 pages | PDF | 3 Mb
Sex and Aesthetics in Samuel Beckett?s Works places sex and sexuality firmly at the heart of Beckett?s ouevre. From the earliest prose to the late plays, Paul Stewart uncovers a profound mistrust of procreation and a surprising variety of non-reproductive forms of sex? the solitary, the homoerotic, and the geriatric?which challenge established notions of propriety and identity politics. Sex informs Beckett?s search for a means of aesthetic creation not infected by aspects of natural procreation, and the suffering and death which it entails, in the hope that the tyranny of Schopenhauer?s will-to-live might be overcome. Paul Stewart ably and amply shows that sex, so long overlooked, is an integral, and troubling, facet of Beckett?s art.