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Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love$
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John Keller

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063121

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063121.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love

John Robert Keller

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the reading of Samuel Beckett's work that centres primarily on love and the need for contact with a primary, loving other. It looks at Beckett's use of the centrality of emotional contact in his work and emphasizes the psychoanalytic features of the present study. This chapter also identifies several other features of the study and notes that it focuses on the earliest relations of the infant and mother.

Keywords:   Samuel Beckett, love, loving other, emotional contact, psychoanalysis, infant-mother relations

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