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Celia’s Delighted Hips

A Re-assessment of the Figure of Celia

In: Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui
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  • 1 University of Reading, UK, Reading
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Abstract

This article analyses the figure of Celia, questioning the description that emerges from the main account of Beckett’s early women. This account, originally developed by Bryden (1993), claims that women in Beckett’s early prose are represented through the filter of the male gaze, and are constructed in opposition to, and as an obstacle for, the male hero. This article argues that, in Murphy, the mechanisms set to reduce Celia to a stereotypical Woman, are foregrounded, and hence disrupted, by the presence of several contradicting perspectives, including Celia’s own perspective.

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