University of Kent • 4-5 May 2016
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Samuel Beckett

The Samuel Beckett and World Literature conference, funded by the Centre for Modern European Literature and the Faculty of Humanities, will be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury on 4-5 May 2016. (more…)

Call for Papers

South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
Jacksonville, FL
4-6 November 2016

In Samuel Beckett’s literary landscapes, readers and viewers find dark, barren spaces, crippled characters, haunting voices, and an overall sense that there is “Nothing to be done” (Waiting for Godot). The hope that appears in the presence of a boy or a few leaves on a tree is soon negated by the shake of a head or the absence of a long awaited arrival. Beckett’s worlds are full of ashes and bones in which men and women are exiled and isolated; they are depleted, lonely spaces; they are dystopian spaces. (more…)

“Birth was the death of him”

Samuel Beckett Summer School 2016 • The Samuel Beckett Estate: An Interview with Edward BeckettGet a Master’s Degree in Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett and Chess • The Samuel Beckett Theatre Project OxfordSamuel Beckett’s Writing Advice • Samuel Beckett and Barbara Bray: A New DocumentaryOverbeck on Editing Samuel Beckett’s LettersDan Gunn on Finding Time for LiteratureSan Quentin and Samuel Beckett: An Interview with Rick ClucheyBrian Evenson on Beckett’s MolloyNew Publication Series: Samuel Beckett in CompanyWalter Asmus on The Art of Beckett
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Trinity College Dublin • 7-13 August 2016

About the School

Now in its sixth year, the Samuel Beckett Summer School provides a unique experience for students, scholars and lovers of Beckett’s works. Each year we invite the world’s foremost Beckett scholars to present new lectures and seminars on all aspects of Beckett’s works. The School appeals to a wide range of Beckett enthusiasts by providing the opportunity to experience, savour and study Beckett’s works in the university where he began his intellectual life. (more…)

Stars of X-Men franchise will appear in Harold Pinter play, The Guardian reports. They previously worked together in a touring production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

University of Kent • 4–5 May 2016

Keynotes

  • Stanley E. Gontarski, Florida State University
  • Fábio de Souza Andrade, University of São Paulo

About the Conference

Almost unknown before the première of En attendant Godot in 1953, the immediate success of the play led to Samuel Beckett very quickly acquiring an international reputation. Since then, his works have been translated into numerous languages, and have exerted a considerable influence upon art and literature across the world. The award of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 confirmed Beckett’s status as a major figure in world literature. (more…)

The Irish Modernist writer James Joyce was born on this day in 1882

From the James Joyce Centre, Dublin:

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James Joyce

He was born at 41 Brighton Square, Rathgar, at 6 o’clock on the morning of Thursday 2 February 1882. He was baptised on 5 February at St Joseph’s Church, Terenure Road East, when his godparents were his maternal grandmother Ellen McCann, and Philip McCann. His birth wasn’t registered until 20 March, when his name was mis-recorded as James Augusta Joyce.

2 February is Candlemas Day, which Joyce thought gave his birthday some religious significance, and it’s also Ground Hog Day. He claimed to have the same birthday as his friend James Stephens, the Irish author, and was born in the same year as Wyndham Lewis, Frank Budgen and Eamon de Valera. (more…)

I am delighted to have an article included in the prestigious Beckett periodical, Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui . This most recent volume celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Beckett International Foundation

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American academic and writer shares his passion for the work of Samuel Beckett with Electric Literature

Colin Winnette: What motivated this recommendation?

Brian Evenson: It’s a book I’m very fond of, and I tend to think contemporary American fiction would be more interesting if more writers knew Molloy.I tend to think contemporary American fiction would be more interesting if more writers knew Molloy.

I think it’s also a very funny book (though weird humor sometimes) and has some amazing sentences. (more…)

29-30 June 2015 · University of Western Sydney
Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett

The Endlessness of Ending: Samuel Beckett and the Mind
29-30 June 2015 · University of Western Sydney

Samuel Beckett’s work across the genres has always shown a keen interest in both the topography and the function of the mind. The experience of interiority in Beckett is complex and it is often on the brink of its own collapse. Beckett undertook a comprehensive self-education of the mind, primarily from the disciplines of philosophy and psychoanalysis, to understand this interiority which he would render poetically. If Beckett is interested in a physics and even a geometry of the psychic space, the recurrent image of the skullscape—from The Trilogy and Endgame to Worstward Ho—is also replete with the minimal and yet necessary possibilities of thinking. (more…)

Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison
In a 1993 interview with The Paris Review, Elissa Schappell talks to Toni Morrison (with additional material from Claudia Brodsky Lacour)

Interviewer: What do you appreciate most in Joyce?

Toni Morrison: It is amazing how certain kinds of irony and humor travel. Sometimes Joyce is hilarious. I read Finnegans Wake after graduate school and I had the great good fortune of reading it without any help. I don’t know if I read it right, but it was hilarious! I laughed constantly! I didn’t know what was going on for whole blocks but it didn’t matter because I wasn’t going to be graded on it. I think the reason why everyone still has so much fun with Shakespeare is because he didn’t have any literary critic. He was just doing it; and there were no reviews except for people throwing stuff on stage. He could just do it. [Read More]

27 – 30 April 2016, University of Antwerp

About the Conference

Beckett and Modernism
The Second Annual Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society

Samuel Beckett. Photograph: John Haynes
Samuel Beckett. Photograph: John Haynes

The year 2016 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Beckett Studies (JOBS), founded in 1976 by James Knowlson and John Pilling. To celebrate this occasion, we are proud to announce both of them as keynote speakers at the second conference of the Samuel Beckett Society, dedicated to Beckett and Modernism. Sometimes referred to as ‘The Last Modernist’, Beckett has also been situated within the postmodern canon. After a long critical debate, the term ‘modernism’ has recently been reframed by a vibrant field of what is sometimes called the ‘new modernist studies’, and the term ‘Late Modernism’ seems to be gaining currency in Beckett studies. (more…)

Introducing a new series of publications from Ibidem
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Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett in Company is a new series from Ibidem that seeks to place Beckett within an array of contexts – literary, historical, geographical, philosophical, theoretical and institutional – yet with the overarching rationale of tracing the relations of which Beckett is the centre.

Through a career that spanned prose, poetry, theatre, literary criticism, radio, film and television over a period of some 60 years, Beckett was influenced by, negotiated with, and then came to influence, a host of artists (both literary and non-literary), media and their associated institutions. By placing Beckett at the centre of such relations, the series aims to trace influences on Beckett, but also to investigate how he influenced subsequent artists, movements, media and institutions. Submissions that focus on new or previously neglected relations are particularly welcome. (more…)

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? (more…)

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. (more…)