Staging Psychoanalysis: "Endgame" and the Freudian Theory of the Anal-Sadistic Phase

Weller, Shane (2010) Staging Psychoanalysis: "Endgame" and the Freudian Theory of the Anal-Sadistic Phase. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, 22 . pp. 135-147. ISSN 0927-3131. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This essay aims to show that, when composing Endgame in the mid-1950s, Beckett proceeded in a strikingly systematic manner to include the principal traits of the anal-sadistic personality as outlined in Ernest Jones's chapter on “Anal-Erotic Character Traits” in his Papers on Psycho-Analysis (1912), a work read by Beckett in early 1934. Once this intertextual relation is taken into account, not only do many of the details in the play become intelligible, but its very form and rhythm can be seen to be indebted to the Freudian theory of the anal-sadistic phase.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Shane Weller
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2012 15:29
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2012 15:48
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28659 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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