Friday, 25 April 2014

Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies 2014

The University of Oxford has announced the speakers for this year's Samuel Beckett Debts and Legacies series:

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 — Mr Rhys Tranter
(Cardiff University)
“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.”

Friday, 9 August 2013

Samuel Beckett Summer School

A reminder that the third Samuel Beckett Summer School begins in Dublin, this Sunday 11 August. A substantial public programme accompanies the academic component of the week, and those in or near Dublin are encouraged to attend what promises to be a wonderful week of learning, camaraderie and Beckettiana at Trinity College.

Details can be found here.

As one of the speakers, I look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Changed Title

An update ahead of our fourth speaker of the term, Gaby Hartel. Instead of the pre-circulated title she will now be speaking on Beckett and Peter Handke, under the new title:

"Point on a walk" – Writing and Walking with Beckett and Handke. A sketch.


I hope to see you there!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Seminars 2013

I'm pleased to announce the speakers for this year's seminar series, which continues to be open to all and free to attend. Held in the New Seminar Room in St John's College, Oxford, every Tuesday at 5.30.

I look forward to seeing you there!

23 April Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (University of Oxford)
“Beckett's Evolutionary Vision”

30 April Dr Yoshiki Tajiri (University of Tokyo)
“The pseudocouple and sexuality – Rereading Mercier and Camier”

7 May Professor David Pattie (University of Chester)
“The Arrival of Godot: Beckett, British Theatre and the 1950s”

14 May Dr Gaby Hartel (Berlin)
Out of the Dark or From the Visual World? Non-Iconic Sounds in High Modernity`s New Aurality and Samuel Beckett’s Use of the Radio.

21 May Dr Katherine Weiss (East Tennessee State University)
“The (Dis)appearing Body in Beckett's Stage Plays”

28 May Professor Chris Ackerley (University of Otago, NZ)
“Monadic Consciousness: from The Unnamable to Endgame”

4 June Mr Jonathan Heron (Artistic Director, Fail Better Productions,
& IATL Fellow, University of Warwick)
“‘what do you take me for, a something machine?’: the 1964 National Theatre production of Play (and some new experiments in 2014)” 

11 June Dr Dan Katz (University of Warwick)
“A Few Days Are All We Have: 'Malone Dies' and Some Modern American Poems”

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Ends and Odds

Another update in the off-season of this blog, but I wanted to draw attention to the bootleg film available on Ubuweb of the post-Katrina Godot, staged in Gentilly, New Orleans, directed by Paul Chan and featuring Wendell Pierce. As the video reminds us the footage has dubious legal status, so it's unclear how long it will remain available.

Enjoy it while you can here.


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Ends and Odds

A late update for the sporadic maintenance of this blog during the 'off-season', but I wanted to flag the excellent website of the AHRC-funded Beckett and the Brain seminar programme, which has its third and final workshop next week at the University of Warwick. The website can be seen here

Importantly for those interested but unable to attend, the website also has recordings of talks given there, including papers by Prof. Mary Bryden, Prof. Catherine Malabou, Dr Laura Salisbury and myself.

Those from the Reading workshop can be streamed from here, and those from the Birkbeck workshop are here.


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Ends and Odds

Although I've already blogged about it, the ongoing unveiling of the planned events at the Happy Days Beckett Festival in Enniskillen makes it worth another mention. Since I last posted on the subject a long list of talks and readings has been announced including:

Will Self, Paul Muldoon and Alice Oswald, Shivaun O'Casey and David Gothard, James Knowlson and Anne Atik Arikha...

Have another look here.