Calling for submissions to a new collection of essays, edited by Rob Reginio, David Houston Jones, and Katherine Weiss
Bram van Velde and Samuel Beckett, Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1975.
Bram van Velde and Samuel Beckett, Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1975.
We are seeking contributions for a volume on Samuel Beckett and contemporary art to be published by Ibidem Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, as part of their new Beckett in Company Series. We aim to collect essays on the intersection of contemporary art and the drama, poetry, and prose of Samuel Beckett as well as interviews with and new documentation by working artists who draw upon or are inspired by Beckett’s work. We are not seeking essays that cover Beckett’s study of painting, his art criticism, nor his connection to modern artists of the first half of the twentieth century. We hope this collection will open new ground in Beckett studies and in the study of contemporary art by tracing Beckett’s influence in the work of artists post-1945 until the present day.

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SAMLA, November 13-15, Durham, North Carolina
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Samuel Beckett

Since his first novels, like Watt, where an abstract painting has a prominent role, up to his last works, written directly for television, Beckett’s oeuvre created spaces that opened beyond the purely literary unto the plastic and musical. At the same time, artists have always been attracted to his work, from his friends Avigdor Arikha, Bram and Geer Van Velde, up to Damien Hirst and other contemporaries. Is Beckett’s art intrinsically multidisciplinary? Is there something about its questions and form that cannot appear only as text, but that always calls forth the image, the visual or the musical? This panel welcomes proposals that address any aspect, work or works of Beckett in relation to other arts or artists.

Please submit by 13 June a 300-word abstract, brief bio and A/V requirements to James Martell, Lyon College, at professeurmartell@hotmail.com.