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SEVERING CONNECTIONS WITH IRELAND: Women and the Irish Free State in Beckett's Writing

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Beckett's female characterization in his early fiction is grotesque, devouring and sexually provocative. The intention of this article is to examine how such characterization is closely related to Beckett's resistance to the Irish Free State and the Celtic Revival movement by showing that the characterization can be attributed to the impulse to satirize the Celtic revivalists' portrayal of the idealized woman-as-Ireland. This article will argue that the male protagonists' attempt to achieve detachment from the possessive women in Beckett's early fiction gives expression to the author's desire for exile as well as to distance himself from the predominant literary nationalism.

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2005-11-01
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