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Celia’s delighted hips: a re-assessment of the figure of Celia

Bariselli, M. ORCID: (2022) Celia’s delighted hips: a re-assessment of the figure of Celia. Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui, 34 (1). pp. 92-105. ISSN 1875-7405

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1163/18757405-03401008


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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Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:116259


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