Get a Master’s Degree in Samuel Beckett

Study the Nobel laureate’s archives, texts, and dramas thanks to the James and Elizabeth Knowlson Scholarship

James and Elizabeth Knowlson Scholarship
MA Samuel Beckett: Archive, Text and Performance, University of Reading.

The MA in Samuel Beckett: Archive, Text and Performance, jointly co-ordinated and taught by the English Literature and the Film, Theatre and Television departments at the University of Reading, encourages both in depth study of Beckett’s work, and research into Beckett’s interrelationship with the broader contexts of, for example, literary Modernism,  literature, arts and politics, modern and contemporary interdisciplinary performance, and collections based research.

We are delighted to announce the James and Elizabeth Knowlson Scholarship, available to candidates who have been accepted onto the MA in Samuel Beckett: Archive, Text and Performance in the Department of Film Theatre and Television, University of Reading, for entry in October 2016.


How to Apply

The closing date for applications to the Scholarship is 22 April 2016. You can find details of the scholarship and the application form here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/ftt/JEKScholarshipApplicationForm.pdf

James Knowlson, Professor Emeritus in French, leading Beckett scholar and writer of Beckett’s authorized biography, Damned to Fame, established the world-leading Beckett Collection of manuscript material and other research resources at the University of Reading in 1971 (see http://www.reading.ac.uk/special-collections/collections/sc-beckett.aspx).


About the MA

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The Murphy notebooks, held at the University of Reading archives

The MA in Samuel Beckett: Archive, Text and Performance allows students to work with the materials in the Beckett archive in diverse ways including research essays, creative writing, and practice-based research using the excellent facilities in the state of the art Minghella Studios. Professional artists such as Sarahjane Scaife and Lisa Dwan will offer masterclasses to those on the MA.

While the MA focuses on the work of Samuel Beckett, it will also develop archival, research and practical skills that are applicable to a range of career paths, including Ph.D. preparation, research informed creative practice, work with archival or museum collections, or in the film, theatre, television or radio industries.

The MA is taught by the University’s team of Beckett experts including Dr Conor Carville, Professor Steven Matthews and Dr Mark Nixon in English Literature and Professors Jonathan Bignell and Anna McMullan in Film, Theatre and Television.

The University of Reading is home to the Beckett International Foundation: http://www.beckettfoundation.org.uk/ and the University has a thriving Beckett postgraduate Forum across English, Film Theatre and Television, Modern Languages and Philosophy. Beckett seminars, conferences and discussions with creative artists take place throughout the year.


For More Information

You can find more information about the MA here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/ftt/ma-programmes/ftt-mabeckett.aspx

  • For further information about the James and Elizabeth Knowlson Scholarships, please contact Professor Anna McMullan on: a.e.mcmullan@reading.ac.uk
  • For further information about the MA, please contact either of our convenors:
  • Professor Steven Matthews (Department of English Literature: s.matthews@reading.ac.uk
  • Professor Anna McMullan (Department of Film, Theatre and Television): a.e.mcmullan@reading.ac.uk
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