The non-lieu of hunger: post-war Beckett and the genealogies of starvation

Alys Moody*

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Abstract

Hunger is a pervasive trope in Beckett's major works of the post-war period. This article examines the possibilities for situating this trope historically. It seeks to mediate between the tendency of hunger to resist contextual markers, and the competing historical narratives of Irish and French history - the Famine and hunger strikes on the one hand, and World War II rationing and food shortages on the other - that predispose us to read hunger as a point of engagement with history and nation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-275
Number of pages15
JournalSamuel Beckett Today - Aujourd'hui
Volume24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

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