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"What a male!": Triangularity, Desire and Precedence in "Before Play" and Play

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Abstract:

This essay examines the erotic triangle and Girardian ideas of 'mimetic desire' in Play and in a short, seemingly abandoned, draft held in the Beckett Archive at the University of Reading, dubbed in Beckett's hand, "Before Play" (clearly a precursor to the later version). It examines the various, often conflicting modes of triangularity and considers discourses of class and gender in both plays. It specifically considers why Beckett decided to abandon the one-woman/two-men triangle of "Before Play" for the one-man/two-women triangle of all the later drafts.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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