Impotence and Making in Samuel Beckett's Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies and the Unnamable and How It Is

October 30, 2020
Impotence and Making in Samuel Beckett's Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies and the Unnamable and How It Is

Impotence and Making in Samuel Beckett's Trilogy is situated atthe intersection of the aesthetic, socio-political and theoreticalconstruction of being and not-being; it is about making the self,making others, and making words, set against being unable to makethe self, others and words. Concentrating on Samuel Beckett's proseworks, though also focusing on some of his dramatic works, the bookaims to problematize the categories of 'impotence' and 'making' byshowing Beckett's quasi-deconstructive treatment of them as seenthrough his narrators' images of being unable to make self, othercreatures and words (impotence), along with his narrators' imagesof making self, other creatures and words (making). Bydemonstrating that his narrators, while being impotent,nevertheless gestate and produce new entities from their bodies inthe same way as a mother does a child, the book aims to reveal how,for Beckett's narrators, creativity in its widest sense isenvisaged.