Samuel Beckett: Archive, Text & Performance

A new Masters Degree programme to be launched at the UK’s University of Reading
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Samuel Beckett. Photograph: John Minihan

Starting in October 2015 on this innovative new taught MA programme you will study with world-leading Beckett experts based at the University of Reading. Here you will engage in advanced archival research techniques using the extensive holdings of the University’s world-leading Beckett Archive, applying these skills to the analysis of Beckett’s writing and directing practice. The MA will provide the opportunity to explore the complex and fascinating interdisciplinary dimensions of Beckett’s work across a variety of media including film, theatre, television and radio.

The programme’s flexible modular structure is designed to develop both specialist and broad-based knowledge within Beckett’s ‘literary’ work in the novel and poetry as well as his performance work. Both are intrinsic to the degree, but can also be pursued separately. The MA allows an opportunity to engage in practical explorations of Beckett’s performance work across media using the excellent multimedia facilities housed in the Minghella Building on the University of Reading’s main Whiteknight’s campus.

Structure

The MA comprises of three taught modules and a written dissertation/ or practice as research project.

Compulsory Modules

  • Beckett & the Archive
  • Multi-media Beckett
  • Written Dissertation or Practice as Research Project

Optional Modules

  • Beckett & Modernism
  • Beckett & Politics
  • Performing Beckett

Duration:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24 months

Assessment

Written assignments, presentations and where relevant practical work.

Further Information

Please contact our convenors:

Professor Steven Matthews (Department of English) s.matthews@reading.ac.uk

Dr Graham Saunders (Department of Film, Theatre & Television) g.saunders@reading.ac.uk

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