Samuel Beckett Summer School 2012

15-20 July 2012

Samuel Beckett Summer School
15-20 July 2012
Hosted by the School of Drama, Film and Music and the School of English,
Trinity College Dublin

About the Event

Trinity College Dublin is honoured to present the annual Samuel Beckett Summer School, a weeklong celebration and exploration of the works of one of its most famous graduates. Each year we will invite the world’s foremost Beckett scholars to present new lectures and seminars on all aspects of Beckett’s works.We hope that the School will appeal to a wide range of Beckett enthusiasts by providing the opportunity to savour and study Beckett’s works in the context of the university where he began his intellectual life.

Each year the Summer School will offer ten lectures on a variety of topics; two of these lectures will be devoted to a specific theme, which will change from year to year. One of the four seminars will also address this theme. There will be two lectures every morning, and a choice of seminars will be available in the afternoon. In the first year we will run four seminars; enrolled students will choose which seminar they wish to attend when they register. In the evenings we will offer a range of activities, including cultural events, performances, field trips, an opening reception and a closing banquet.

The Patron of the Summer School is Edward Beckett.

Lecture Programme

Rodney Sharkey: ‘“Local” Anaesthetic for a “Public” Birth: Beckett, Parturition and the Porter Period’

Declan Kiberd: ‘Samuel Beckett: Mystic?’
Seán Kennedy: ‘Beckett, Yeats and the Big House, 1933’

Andrew Gibson: ‘Samuel Beckett, How It Is and the Irish Misanthropic Tradition’
Emilie Morin: ‘Beckett and Radiophonic Sound’

Enoch Brater: ‘Beckett’s Dramatic Forms, Considered and Reconsidered’

John Pilling: ‘Six Notebooks In Search of a Novel: Beckett writing Murphy
Ulrika Maude: ‘'Convulsive Aesthetics: Beckett, Chaplin and Charcot’

Terence Brown: ‘Beckett: Memories and Sounds’
Jonathan Heron: ‘Theatre Laboratories, Performance Genetics and “Beckett’s DNA”’

The Sunday lecture starts at 6 pm (although this may change in the final schedule). The weekday lectures are from 9.30-11 and 11.30-1, except for Wednesday when there is just one lecture, which runs from 11.30-1.

Seminars for 2012:

Beckett and Irish Culture, 1929–1949 (Seán Kennedy)
Beckett’s Manuscripts (Mark Nixon & Dirk Van Hulle)
Performance Workshop (Rosemary Pountney & Jonathan Heron)
Reading Group (John Pilling)


To contact the Samuel Beckett Summer School, or for more information about the event, registration or accommodation, visit the website: Samuel Beckett Summer School.

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