Insufferable: Beckett, Gender and Sexuality

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Insufferable: Beckett, Gender and Sexuality rethinks the role of gender politics in the oeuvre, demonstrates Beckett’s historical importance in the development of the ‘antisocial thesis’ in queer theory, and shows the work’s attachment to sexuality as temporarily consolatory but ultimately unbearable. The Beckett oeuvre might seem unpromising material for gender and sexuality studies, but this is exactly what makes it worth considering. This Element brings to Beckett questions that have emerged from gender, queer, and trans theory, engages with the history of feminism and sexuality studies, and develops a theoretical framework able to account for what we have previously overlooked, underplayed, and misinterpreted in Beckett. In the spirit of being ‘on the lookout for an elsewhere’, it makes a case for a queerly generative de-idealisation of Beckett as an object of critical study.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages78
ISBN (Electronic)9781009244763
ISBN (Print)9781009244770
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameElements in Beckett Studies
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • Samuel Beckett
  • gender studies
  • sexuality studies
  • queer theory
  • trans theory
  • sexual politics


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