Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies 2010

Samuel Beckett

A series of seminars is to be held in Oxford on the subject of Samuel Beckett and his work. Assembled under the title 'Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies', the seminars are arranged on a weekly basis from late April to mid-June, and all are welcome to attend. There are notable contributions from Stan Gontarski, Enoch Brater and Suzanne Dow, and a range of disciplinary scholarship that encompasses psychoanalysis, philosophy, critical theory.

Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies, 2010

A seminar sponsored by the University of Oxford and the University of Northampton

Convening in the Collier Room, Regent’s Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford

Following the publication of James Knowlson's biography and the release of invaluable notebooks and diaries for scholarly scrutiny, Beckett Studies is undergoing a revolution. Beckett's major phase of intense study was in the 1920s and 30s, long before he became known as a French Existentialist after Waiting for Godot, and even longer before he was discovered by post-structuralist critics. This seminar will attempt to reassess Beckett's cultural position in two directions: by examining some of the recently uncovered influences that shaped his unique writing, and by refracting his image and his work through some of the authors, thinkers, composers and visual artists he influenced in turn.

Trinity Term 2010:

30 April
Dr Bill Prosser (Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford)
‘Samuel Beckett: Nothings in Particular’

7 May
Dr Catherine Laws (Orpheus Research Centre in Music, Ghent, Belgium)
‘Beckett's Schuberts: Vocality and Imagination’

14 May
 Dr Peter Fifield (University of York)
‘"Spirochete!" Syphilitic Fathers in Beckett and Georges Bataille’

21 May
Dr John Bolin (Linacre College, University of Oxford)
‘Watt’s Voices’

28 May 
Dr Katherine Weiss (East Tennessee State University, USA)
‘Beckett's Theatre: Revolving and Rewinding Histories’

4 June
 Dr Suzanne Dow (University of Nottingham)
‘Lacan with Beckett’

11 June
Professor Stan Gontarski (Florida State University, USA)
‘Beckett and Bergson’

18 June
Professor Enoch Brater (University of Michigan, USA)
‘Beckett's Devious Interventions, or Fun with Cube Roots’

A daylong symposium from 9am-4pm precedes this concluding session.

All welcome: seminars commence at 4.30pm. 

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