Curriculum Vitae

Rhys Tranter

BA, MA, PhD

Research & Teaching Interests

Modernist, postmodernist, and contemporary fiction; modernity and the contemporary; trauma and testimony; poststructuralism.

My forthcoming monograph, Beckett’s Late Stage: Trauma, Language, and Subjectivity, is the first major study of trauma in Samuel Beckett’s post-war writing. Jean-Michel Rabaté praises it as ‘a highly rewarding book full of new insights, superb close readings, and poignant meditations’. The book will be published by Ibidem Press in 2018, and distributed by Columbia University Press.


Publications

Books

  • Samuel Beckett’s Late Stage (Stuttgart: Ibidem Press), to be distributed by Columbia University Press. Under contract.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘”without solution of continuity”: Beckett’s That Time and Trauma Memoir’, Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd ‘hui, Vol.27 (2015), pp.115-128.
  • ‘Late Stage: Trauma, Time and Subjectivity in Samuel Beckett’s Footfalls’ in Samuel Beckett & The Encounter of Philosophy and Literature, ed. Arka Chattopadhyay and James Martell (London: Roman Books, 2013), pp.118-135.

Reviews

  • Roberto del Valle Alcalcá, British Working-Class Fiction: Narratives of Refusal and the Struggle Against Work, in The Times Literary Supplement, 24 February 2017, p.31.
  • Jean-Michel Rabaté, Think, Pig! Beckett at the Limit of the Human, in The Times Literary Supplement, 14 October 2016, p.34. [Online]
  • Joseph Anderton, Beckett’s Creatures: Art of Failure After the Holocaust, in Studies in Theatre and Performance, October 2016. [Online]
  • ‘Reading Research Day Seminar’, The Beckett Circle/Le Cercle De Beckett, 34:2 (Fall 2011), pp.12-13.

Editorial

  • (Co-Editor) The Beckett Circle/Le Cercle De Beckett. Issues: 39:1 (2016), 38:2 (2016), 38:1 (2015), 37:2 (2014), 37:1 (2014), 36:2 (2013), 36:1 (2012), 35.2 (2012).
  • (Co-Editor) Assuming Gender. Issues: 1:1 (2010), 1:2 (2010).

Interviews

  • Neil Badmington, ‘The Afterlives of Roland Barthes’, RhysTranter.com, 20 February 2017. [Online]
  • Ann Basu, ‘Surveying Philip Roth’s Post-War America’, RhysTranter.com, 14 February 2017. [Online]
  • Adam Weiner, ‘Ayn Rand and the Literary Origins of the Financial Crisis’, RhysTranter.com, 13 February 2017. [Online]
  • Peter J. Beck, ‘Revisiting The War of the Worlds‘, RhysTranter.com, 6 February 2017. [Online]
  • Alice Kaplan, ‘Looking for Albert Camus’ The Stranger‘, RhysTranter.com, 11 January 2017. [Online]
  • Bethany Rose Lamont, ‘A Visit to Doll Hospital‘, RhysTranter.com, 29 December 2016. [Online]
  • Sarah Hammerschlag, ‘Levines & Derrida: The Literary Afterlife of Religion’, RhysTranter.com, 28 December 2016. [Online]
  • Michael Lackey, ‘Reading Biographical Fiction’, RhysTranter.com, 20 December 2016. [Online]
  • Will Brooker, ‘Batman Unmasked: Analyzing a Cultural Icon’, RhysTranter.com, 13 December 2016. [Online]
  • Rosalind E. Krauss, ‘A Fresh Look at Willem de Kooning’, RhysTranter.com, 9 December 2016. [Online]
  • Calum Gardner, ‘Roland Barthes and Poetry’, RhysTranter.com, 7 December 2016. [Online]
  • James Peacock, ‘Examining Brooklyn’s Fictions’, RhysTranter.com, 29 November 2016. [Online]
  • Carolyn Cocca, ‘Celebrating the Rise of Superwomen’, RhysTranter.com, 17 November 2016. [Online]
  • Catherine Belsey, ‘Why Criticism Matters: An Interview with Catherine Belsey’, RhysTranter.com, 16 November 2016. [Online]
  • Vera Graziadei, ‘Vera Graziadei on performing Dostoevsky’s Nameless Nobody‘, 11 November 2016. [Online]
  • Terence McSweeney, ‘American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11’, RhysTranter.com, 10 November 2016. [Online]
  • David Hering, ‘David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form’, RhysTranter.com, 3 November 2016. [Online]
  • Francis O’Gorman, ‘Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History’, RhysTranter.com, 1 November 2016. [Online]
  • Gemma Peppé, Patrick Hughes, Harriet Horton, and Rowan Newton, ‘Contemporary Artists discuss the Art on a Postcard Project’, RhysTranter.com, 27 October 2016. [Online]
  • Christopher John Müller, ‘Günther Anders: A Philosopher for the Modern Age’, RhysTranter.com, 26 October 2016. [Online]
  • Jon Lys Turner, ‘In Francis Bacon’s Shadow: Richard Chopping & Denis Wirth-Miller’, RhysTranter.com, 25 October 2016. [Online]
  • Darren Anderson, ‘Imaginary Cities: An Interview with Darran Anderson’, RhysTranter.com, 21 October 2016. [Online]
  • Stacey Abbott, ‘How to Navigate the Undead Apocalypse’, RhysTranter.com, 3 October 2016. [Online]
  • Jan Wilm, ‘J.M. Coetzee and the Art of Slow Reading’, RhysTranter.com, 29 September 2016. [Online]
  • Lauren Elkin, ‘Lauren Elkin on her new book, Flâneuse‘, RhysTranter.com, 23 September 2016. [Online]
  • Katie Gramich, ‘Distinctively Modern: The Poetry of Edward Thomas’, RhysTranter.com, 21 September 2016. [Online]
  • Lisa Stead, ‘Women Writers at the Movies’, RhysTranter.com, 16 September 2016. [Online]
  • Lara Pawson, ‘Lara Pawson discusses her memoir, This Is the Place to Be‘, RhysTranter.com, 8 September 2016. [Online]
  • Sean Albiez and David Pattie, ‘Q&A: | Brian Eno: Oblique Music’, RhysTranter.com, 7 September 2016. [Online]
  • Rick Cluchey, ‘San Quentin and Samuel Beckett: An Interview with Rick Cluchey’, A Piece of Monologue, 4 May 2013. [Online]
  • Dan Gunn, ‘The Dan Gunn Interview’, The Quarterly Conversation, Issue 31, March 2013. [Online]
  • Robert Darnton, ‘An Interview with Professor Robert Darnton’, Cardiff Book History, January 2012. [Online]

Translations

  • Spanish translation of ‘San Quentin and Samuel Beckett: An Interview with Rick Cluchey’. ‘San Quintin y Samuel Beckett: una entrevista con Rick Cluchey’, trans. José Eduardo Latapi Zapata, Paso De Gato, October/December 2016, pp.44-5.
  • Spanish translation of ‘An Interview with Professor Robert Darnton’. ‘La República Digital del Conocimiento. Entrevista a Robert Darnton’, trans. Mercedes García Lenberg, Trama &Texturas, Vol. 17, May 2012, pp.21-34.

Shorter Pieces

  • ‘@SamuelBBeckett: Tweets for Everyday Life’, Lincoln Center, NYC, 10 October 2016. [Online]
  • ‘What HBO’s The Night Of and David Lynch’s Eraserhead have in common’, RhysTranter.com, 1 September 2016. [Online]
  • ‘A Guide to David Bowie’s Favourite Books’, RhysTranter.com, 29 August 2016. [Online]
  • ‘Paying Tribute to Rudy Van Gelder, Jazz Icon’, RhysTranter.com, 27 August 2016. [Online]
  • ‘Why Stranger Things is More Than ’80s Nostalgia’, RhysTranter.com, 26 August 2016. [Online]
  • ‘50 Tough Books for Extreme Readers’, A Piece of Monologue, 7 November 2013. [Online]
  • ‘Titillating Titians and Dirty Old Men’, 3:AM Magazine, 26 July 2012. [Online]
  • ‘Should art tell us what to think?’, A Piece of Monologue, 28 January 2012. [Online]
  • ‘Not the Booker’, Spurious, 31 October 2011. [Online]
  • ‘Speaking of Dostoyevsky…’, The Spectator (Books), 8 August 2011. [Online]
  • ‘A 19th Century Writer for Our Times’, The Spectator (Books), 1 August 2011. [Online]
  • ‘Being Beckett’, The Spectator (Books), 27 July 2011. [Online]
  • ‘Something You Must Do’, The Spectator (Books), 1 July 2011. [Online]
  • ‘A Treat from the Beats’, The Spectator (Books), 13 May 2011. [Online]
  • ‘Being with Beckett’, The Spectator (Books), 11 May 2011. [Online]
  • ‘Essential Jewish fiction’, The Spectator (Books), 17 February 2011. [Online]
  • ‘Laying the ghost to rest’, The Spectator (Books), 27 January 2011. [Online]
  • ‘Is Modernism Boring?’, The Spectator (Books), 10 January 2011. [Online]
  • ‘Book to the Future’, The Spectator (Books), 18 November 2010. [Online]
  • ‘“Freedom To and Freedom From”: 25th Anniversary of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale’, The Spectator (Books), 17 November 2010. [Online]
  • ‘Visions of the Future’, The Spectator (Books), 9 November 2010. [Online]
  • ‘How to Stop Living and Start Worrying’, A Piece of Monologue, 15 September 2010. [Online]

Editorial and Advisory Boards

2012—

Board Member.
The Samuel Beckett Society.
samuelbeckettsociety.org.

2012—

Editorial Board Member.
The Beckett Circle/Le Cercle De Beckett.
beckettcircle.org.
Official Newsletter of the Samuel Beckett Society.

2009—

Editorial Board Member.
Assuming Gender.
assuminggender.com.
Online academic journal.


Educational Background

2010-2014

PhD in English Literature (AHRC-funded).
Cardiff University, UK.
Supervisors: Professor Neil Badmington and Dr Paul Crosthwaite.
Examiners: Professor Peter Boxall and Dr Irene Morra.
Thesis: Ill Seen Ill Said: Trauma, Representation and Subjectivity in Samuel Beckett’s Post-War Writing.

2009-10

MA (Distinction) in English Literature (AHRC-Funded).
Cardiff University, UK.
Dissertation: Waiting for Beckett: Interpreting the Author and the Subject in Samuel Beckett’s Three Novels.

2003-7

BA (First Class Honours) in English Literature and Cultural Criticism.
Cardiff University, UK.

1997-2003

3 ‘A’-Levels and 11 GCSEs (A-C).
Lewis School, Pengam, Mid Glamorgan.


Research Awards

2010-13

Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Studentship Award (PhD: 3 Years).

2009

Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Studentship Award (MA: 1 Year).


Teaching

Certification

2013

Associate Fellow.
The Higher Education Academy, UK.

2011-13

‘Learning to Teach in Higher Education’ (20 M-Level credits)
Cardiff University, UK.

2010

‘Small Group Teaching in the Humanities’.
Cardiff University Graduate College, UK.

2010

‘Helping Students Produce Better Written Work’.
Cardiff University Graduate College, UK.

Experience

2014—

Teacher in English Literature.
Cardiff University, UK.

  • Year Three Module: ‘Interwar Experiments: Sex, Gender, Style’
  • Year Three Module: ‘Utopia: Suffrage to Cyberpunk’.
  • Year Two Module: ‘Imaginary Journeys: More to Huxley’.
  • Year Two Module: ‘Twentieth Century Novel in the British Isles’.
  • Year Two Module: ‘Twentieth Century Crime Fiction’.
  • Year Two Module: ‘The Post-1945 American Novel’.
  • Year One Module: ‘Texts in Time’.
  • Year One Module: ‘Literature, Culture, Place’.

2012-14

Tutor in English Literature.
Cardiff University, UK.

  • Year Three Module: ‘Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism’.
  • Year One Module: ‘Reading and Identity’.
  • Year One Module: ‘Introduction to the Novel and Poetry’.
  • Year One Module: ‘Addressing the Past’.
  • Year One Module: ‘Texts in Time’.
  • Year One Module: ‘Literature, Culture, Place’.

Memberships

  • The Higher Education Academy.
  • The Samuel Beckett Society.
  • The British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

Conferences

Invited Speaker

  • ‘”sex undeterminable”: Gender, Trauma, and Performance in Samuel Beckett’s Not I‘, Assuming Gender/Theoria Symposium, University of St Andrews, May 2015.
  • ‘Late Stage: Trauma and Subjectivity in Samuel Beckett’s Not I’, Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies, University of Oxford, June 2014.

Papers

  • ‘“without solution of continuity”: That Time and Trauma Memoir’, Beckett at Reading 2013, University of Reading, April 2013.
  • ‘Trauma in the Post-war Writing of Samuel Beckett’, Voice of the Humanities Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff University, March 2012.

Multimedia Presentations

  • ‘“For to end yet again” – Beckett in sound, image and movement’, Beckett at Reading 2013, University of Reading, April 2013.

Conference Organisation & Promotion

  • Graphic Design and Promotional Materials, Edward Thomas: A Centenary Conference, Cardiff University, 2017.
  • Graphic Design and Promotional Materials, Cardiff Poetry Experiment, Cardiff University, 2015.
  • Graphic Design and Promotional Materials, Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, Cardiff University, 2015.
  • Graphic Design, Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, 2015.
  • Promotional Materials, Professor Catherine Belsey: Assuming Gender Annual Lecture, Cardiff University, December 2015.
  • Graphic Design and Promotional Materials, Cardiff BookTalk, Cardiff University, 2015.
  • Graphic Design and Promotional Materials, Romantic Imprints: The British Association for Romantic Studies 2015 International Conference, Cardiff University, July 2015.
  • Promotional Materials, Modernism’s Chronic Conditions, University of Exeter, April 2015.
  • Promotional Materials, Professor Nicola Humble: Assuming Gender Annual Lecture, Cardiff University, December 2014.
  • Promotional Materials, Samuel Beckett Summer School 2014, Trinity College Dublin, August 2014.
  • Chair for Invited Speaker, Jennifer Dawn Whitney, Assuming Gender Seminar Series, Cardiff University, May 2014.
  • Promotional Materials, London Beckett Seminar, Birkbeck College, June 2013.
  • Graphic Design and Promotional Materials, Samuel Beckett: Form and History, Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), June 2013.
  • Promotional Materials, London Beckett Seminar, Birkbeck College, April 2013.
  • Panel Chair and Conference Day Organiser, Transgression, Trespassing and Taboos in the Long-Nineteenth Century, April 2013.
  • Promotional Materials, Will Self and the Art of Contemporary Conference, Museum of London, March 2013.
  • Graphic Design and Promotional Materials, Beckett and Brain Science (AHRC-Funded Symposium), University of Warwick, September 2012.
  • Graphic Design and Promotional Materials, Beckett and Brain Science (AHRC-Funded Symposium), University of London, June 2012.
  • Graphic Design and Promotional Materials, Beckett and Brain Science (AHRC-Funded Symposium), University of Reading, April 2012.
  • Website Design, Outside his Jurisfiction: Interrogating James Joyce’s Non-Fiction, University of York, March 2012.
  • Logo design and promotional materials, British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS), January 2012.
  • Organisation and Promotional Materials, Rachel Bowlby: Assuming Gender Annual Lecture, Cardiff University, December 2011.
  • Website Design, Samuel Beckett and German Culture / Samuel Beckett und die deutsche Kultur, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, September 2011.
  • Website Design, Beckett: Out of the Archive Conference and Festival, University of York, June 2011.
  • Website Design, Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies Seminar Series, University of Oxford, January 2011.
  • Organisation and Promotional Materials, Professor Mandy Merck: Assuming Gender Annual Lecture, Cardiff University, December 2010.
  • Promotional Materials, Beckett Between, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, February 2010.
  • Organisation and Promotional Materials, Professor Sara Ahmed: Assuming Gender Annual Lecture, Cardiff University, October 2009.

Conference Attendance

  • Assuming Gender/Theoria Symposium, University of St Andrews, May 2015.
  • Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies, University of Oxford, June 2014.
  • Staging Beckett: Constructing Performance Histories, University of Reading, April 2014.
  • Professor Maggie Humm: Assuming Gender Annual Lecture, Cardiff University, December 2013.
  • Transgression, Trespassing and Taboos in the Long-Nineteenth Century, Cardiff University, April 2013.
  • Beckett at Reading 2013, University of Reading, April 2013.
  • Beckett and Brain Science (AHRC-Funded Symposium), University of Reading, April 2012.
  • Voice of the Humanities Conference, Cardiff University, March 2012.
  • Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive Conference and Festival, University of York, June 2011.
  • Samuel Beckett: Reading Research Day Seminar, University of Reading, May 2011.
  • Imag(e)ining the Female Body Conference, University of Surrey, October 2010.
  • Zoontotechnics (Animality / Technicity), Cardiff University, May 2010.
  • Samuel Beckett: Reading Research Day Seminar, University of Reading, September 2009.

 Other Academic Services

  • Chaperone at MA English Literature Field Trip, Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Speaker at Postgraduate Open Day (November 2013), Cardiff University.
  • Student Testimonial for English Literature (PhD/MPhil), Cardiff University Postgraduate Prospectus (2014).
  • Speaker at Postgraduate Open Day (November 2012), Cardiff University.
  • Student Testimonial for English Literature (PhD/MPhil), Cardiff University. [Online]
  • Promotional materials, Travel Grant Competition 2014, Washington University Special Collections, St. Louis.
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