28 July 2014
Broadcasting from this year's Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
Essay 1 - Actor, Lisa Dwan, talks about performing Beckett and her encounters with some of the actors most closely associated with his work, including Billie Whitelaw and Barry McGovern.
Essay 2 - Journalist and commentator, Fintan O'Toole, reflects on themes of mortality and death in Samuel Beckett's work.
Essay 3 - Opera director, Netia Jones, explores the relationship between words and music, drawing on Samuel Beckett's play of the same title.
Essay 4 - Beckett expert, Dr Mark Nixon, talks about editing Echo's Bones, the Beckett short story recently published 80 years after it was written.
Essay 5 - Photographer, John Minihan, remembers the time he spent with Samuel Beckett while taking some of the best known portraits of the often reluctant subject.
All information is correct at time of publication. [Read More]
A new conference website has just been launched
27 July 2014
Atlanta, Georgia · 7-9 November 2014
Beckett AND …, session 1Chair: Katherine Weiss (East Tennessee State University)
Co-chair: Stephen Graf (Robert Morris University)
Panelist 1: Laurens de Vos (University of Amsterdam): “Samuel Beckett and Space”
Panelist 2: Beth Hackett (East Tennessee State University): “ Beckett and Binaries: A Study of "Imagination Dead Imagine"
Panelist 3: Nic Barilar (University of Alabama): “Beckett and Censorship; or, ‘It must mean something, or they wouldn’t take it’”
Panelist 4: Stephen Graf (Robert Morris University): “Beckett and Rudolf Steiner: A Youthful Dalliance or Lasting Influence?”
Beckett AND …, session 2Chair: Stephen Graf (Robert Morris University)
Co-chair: Katherine Weiss (East Tennessee State University)
Panelist 1: Catherine Mavrikaks (Universite de Montreal): “Beckett and Radio”
Panelist 2: Michelle Rada (Brown University): “Beckett and Anxiety”
Panelist 3: Mariam Galarrita (California State University, Fullerton): “For the Love of Godot, Where Are We?: Burke, Foucault and Beckett's Spatial Art”
Panelist 4: Chris Michaels (Florida State University): “Tragic Necessity in Beckett's Work: Compulsion, Deferment, and Representation”
29 May 2014
Inside this Issue
Call for PapersInaugural Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society
EssaysEric Prince, 'A Few Things About Eh Joe'
Theatre ReviewsMatilda Medley 'Oh, it will be a happy day!'
Josh Powell, 'Lisa Dwan, Not I'
Jonathan Heron, '"Words fail": Women in Beckett on the contemporary London stage'
Brian J. McAllister, 'Puppets, Pantomime, and Play'
Conference ReviewsSéan Kennedy, 'MLA Panels 2014'
Nicholas Johnson and Brenda O'Connell, 'Three Dialogues on Enniskillen'
Adam Winstanley, 'Samuel Beckett: Form and History 2013'
Andy Wimbush, 'Beckett at Reading 2013'
New ReleasesBook Reviews
New and Forthcoming
ObituariesClark Lunberry, '“…In Front of Our Eyes” — Herbert Blau has Died'
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10 May 2014
Call for Papers · Phoenix, Arizona · 19-20 February 2015
|Design: Rhys Tranter. Photograph: Richard Avedon.|
With the array of work now being done in the field, we would like to provide a forum for various perspectives to meet, interact, and shed light on one another. The conference organizers welcome paper submissions that seek to move Beckett studies forward along one of these many axes, particularly contributions that locate their positions in relation to broader developments in the field. Specific topics might include, but are not limited to, longstanding concerns about Beckett’s relationship with philosophy, modernism, or postmodernism; or more recent interest in the digital humanities, historicist criticism, or emerging theoretical fields. The conference program is already taking shape: Professor David Lloyd will deliver a keynote address; ASU will present a concert featuring pieces associated with Beckett and his work; and a roundtable session will focus on Beckett and the digital humanities. There will be no parallel sessions, but rather a series of three-presenter panels, to facilitate in-depth engagement and discussion. To be considered for a 20-minute presentation, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to the organizing committee (Patrick Bixby, Gregory Castle, Seán Kennedy, and Mark Nixon) at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15, 2014.
All delegates speaking at the conference must be members of the Samuel Beckett Society; the SBS will offer a bursary to pay travel expenses for one graduate student. Visit our conference website at: http://links.asu.edu/beckett2015. Follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/beckett2015.
6 May 2014
Arcola Theatre, London · 7 May - 14 June 2014
Two washed-up young drifters wait by the road for a man they’ve never met, hoping against all proof that now, as night closes in and their patter runs dry, they may finally catch a break. Over the bare horizon, a figure leads another on a leash. Can this be what they are waiting for? Totally Tom, Edinburgh comedy favourites and stars of Live at the Electric, bring sharp-eyed, contemporary character-comedy to this timeless vision of life as a horrifying joke.
TOTALLY TOM (Tom Stourton and Tom Palmer) made their name with the hit viral video, High Renaissance Man before being nominated for Edinburgh Foster's Comedy Award in 2011. Stars of BBC Three’s Live at the Electric and E4's Comedy Lab, they continue to perform sell-out shows across the country.
Simon Dormandy directs. He has worked with Cheek by Jowl, the RSC, the Donmar and the Royal Court. In March 2014 he will direct the UK premiere of von Mayenburg’s Eldorado at Arcola. [Read More]
25 April 2014
5pm on Tuesdays in Trinity Term, 2014. University of Oxford
|Design: Rhys Tranter|
Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies 2014
University of Oxford
5.30pm on Tuesdays in Trinity Term, 2014.
New Seminar Room, St John’s College, Oxford.
Attendance is free and open to all.
29 April — Dr Erik Tonning
(University of Bergen, Norway)
“‘Friendship of this world is fornication against Thee.’ Rereading Beckett on Saint Augustine.”
6 May — Dr David Tucker
(University of Chester)
“‘That first last look in the shadows’: Beckett’s Legacies for Harold Pinter.”
Thursday 15 May — Dr David Cunningham
(University of Westminster)
“What is Quad about? Beckett and the Literal.”
20 May — Dr Adam Winstanley
(University of York and Queen Mary, University of London)
“‘I feel / I feel it's coming’: Beckett, Dostoevsky and Epilepsy.”
27 May — Dr Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield
(University of Reading)
“Wandering the archive of wandering.”
3 June — Dr Conor Carville
(University of Reading)
“Beckett, ‘Formes’ and Fascism.”
10 June — Dr Rhys Tranter
”Late Stage: Trauma and Subjectivity in Samuel Beckett's Not I”
17 June — Half-Day Postgraduate Symposium, followed by: Dr Matthew Feldman (University of Teeside) “Beckett’s ‘late style’ and the influence of radio adaptations.”
You can find out more by visiting the official Debts and Legaces website. [Read More]
7 April 2014
University of Chester, 11-12 September 2014
|Samuel Beckett. Photograph: Reg Lancaster/Getty Images|
Staging Beckett is a three year collaborative research project undertaken by the universities of Chester, Reading, and the Victoria & Albert Museum which started in September 2012, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project explores Beckett’s impact on British and Irish theatre practice and cultures while also looking at how Beckett has been staged internationally, and it is compiling a database of professional productions of Beckett’s plays in the UK and Ireland.
Our second conference, to be held at the University of Chester, 11-12 September 2014, will focus on perceived notions of Beckett at the margins, on productions staged outside London and other major theatrical centres. What has the impact of Beckett’s drama been upon regional, small national, touring and marginal theatrical practices and cultures? What is at stake when staging Beckett in marginal cultures or lesser-known geographical areas? How does Beckett’s work move from a country’s capital city to its regions? Does Beckett’s work speak to national, or local, cultural contexts? How does it fit within established theatrical, cultural and economic infrastructures?
We are keen to hear from academics and practitioners interested in how Beckett has been, or might be, staged in areas beyond the major theatrical centres of London, Dublin, Paris, New York, Sydney, Tokyo, etc. Issues to consider might be, but are not limited to, the following:
- Theatre and local politics
- Cultural marginalisation
- Small-scale productions
- Amateur productions
- Planned productions that failed to be realised
- Beckett in Scotland
- Beckett in Wales
- Beckett on tour, nationally and internationally
- Beckett as a marginal author
- Beckett and subaltern cultures
2 April 2014
Published for the very first time by Faber & Faber
|Samuel Beckett, Echo's Bones, ed. Mark Nixon|
Eighty years after it was written, this enigmatic story by Samuel Beckett makes its first public appearance and is the first new Beckett text to be published in almost two decades.
‘I’m delighted that Belacqua Lazarus will be walking again shortly. Let me shake him by the hand as soon as you can buy a ticket for him.’
Charles Prentice at Chatto & Windus to Samuel Beckett, 4 October 1933
‘Dear Sam, It is a nightmare ... ‘Echo’s Bones’ would, I am sure, lose the book a great many readers.’‘Echo’s Bones’ was intended by Samuel Beckett to form the ‘recessional’ or end-piece of his early collection of interrelated stories, More Pricks Than Kicks, published in 1934 by Chatto & Windus. The story was written at the request of the publisher, but was held back from inclusion in the published volume and so has remained unpublished to this day.
Charles Prentice to Samuel Beckett, 13 November 1933
Introduced and fully annotated by editor Mark Nixon, this edition will situate the work in terms of its biographical context, its intertextual references, and as a vital link in the evolution of Beckett’s early work.
Mark Nixon is Reader in Modern Literature at the University of Reading, where he is also Director of the Beckett International Foundation. With Dirk Van Hulle, he is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Beckett Studies and Co-Director of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project. He is also an editor of Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui and the current President of the Samuel Beckett Society. He has published widely on Beckett’s work; recent books include the monograph Samuel Beckett’s German Diaries 1936-37 (Continuum, 2011), the edited collection Publishing Samuel Beckett (British Library, 2011) and Samuel Beckett’s Library, written with Dirk Van Hulle (Cambridge UP, 2013).
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