Samuel Beckett and Vice

Harrah’s Resort, Southern California San Diego County, CA · 21-24 February 2016

Keynote Speaker: S. E. Gontarski

Beckett and Vice welcomes abstracts on the theme of “vice” in Samuel Beckett’s work. What is vice? Where does vice appear in Beckett’s poems, plays, fiction, or other art forms? Possible ideas for exploration:

  • Vice as a moral/ethical term
  • Vice as a tool/instrument
  • Vice as second-in-line
  • Religious and philosophical implications
  • Images of decadence vs. indigence
  • Hedonism vs. asceticism

Beckett and Vice will take place at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in beautiful San Diego County, CA. We will make an afternoon journey to the Temecula wine region for a wine tasting, and we will indulge in a decadent chocolate social hour. Famed Beckett scholar S.E. Gontarski will deliver a keynote address.

Please submit 250-word abstracts or inquiries to Dr. Paul Shields, Associate Professor of English, Assumption College, beckettandvice@gmail.com. Deadline: May 15, 2015.

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