Speakers

Linda Ben-Zvi | Lois Overbeck | Jean-Michel Rabaté | Invited Papers


Linda Ben-Zvi (Tel Aviv University)
"Beckett and Disgust: The Body as 'Laughing Matter'"

Linda Ben-Zvi, twice President of the Samuel Beckett Society, is Professor emiratae, Theatre Studies, Tel Aviv University, and English and Theatre, Colorado State University, where she was a John N. Stern Distinguished Professor. Among her numerous publications on Beckett are Samuel Beckett (G.K. Hall, 1986), Women in Beckett (University of Illinois Press, 1990), Drawing on Beckett (Assaph Books, 2003), and Beckett at 100 (OUP, 2008), co-edited with Anglea Moorjani. She has published widely on American and British theatre and performance, including four books on the American playwright and novelist Susan Glaspell. Her Glaspell biography, Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times (OUP, 2005), was awarded the Special Jury Prize of the American Library Association.

 University of Tel Aviv: Linda Ben-Zvi


Lois Overbeck (Emory University)
“Audience of Self versus Audience of Readers”

Lois Overbeck is Director of The Beckett Correspondence Project at Emory University. The project, which has been based in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since 1990, is preparing the authorized scholarly edition of Beckett's letters from a selection of over 15,000 letters that are held in archives and private collections worldwide. The first of four volumes was published to widespread acclaim by Cambridge University Press in 2009; The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 1, 1929-1940 was edited by Overbeck, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, George Craig and Dan Gunn. The second volume covering the years 1941-1956 will be published in September 2011.

To find out more, visit The Letters of Samuel Beckett at Emory University.


Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania)
“Beckett's Three Critiques”

Jean-Michel Rabaté is Vartan Gregorian Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. A leading figure among the generation of French theorists taught by Derrida and Lacan, he has published or edited over twenty books on Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, psychoanalysis, and literary theory. His recent books include The Ethics of the Lie (The Other Press, 2008), 1913: The Cradle of Modernism (Blackwell, 2007), The Future of Theory (Blackwell, 2002), and, as editor, The Cambridge Companion to Lacan (CUP, 2003). He became President of the US Samuel Beckett Society in 2011.

 University of Pennsylvania: Jean-Michel Rabaté



Professor Chris Ackerley (Professor of English, University of Otago), "'Primeval mud impenetrable dark': Towards an Annotation of Comment c'est / How It Is"
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Dr Elizabeth Barry (Associate Professor of English, University of Warwick), “Vicarious Autology: Beckett, Schizophrenia, and the Self”
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Professor Peter Boxall (Professor of English, University of Sussex), "Cylinders and Laboratories: Beckett and Coetzee Out of the Archive"
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Dr Julie Campbell (Lecturer in English Literature, University of Southampton), “Beckett’s Radio Plays in Relation to Late Modernism”
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Dr Matthew Feldman (Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, University of Northampton), “Beckett, Windelband and the archival 'Philosophy Notes'”
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Dr Peter Fifield (Junior Research Fellow, St John's College, University of Oxford), “Don't squander all your words for the day: Beckett's Waste.”
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Dr Dirk Van Hulle (Associate Professor in English Literature, Co-Director of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, University of Antwerp), “Modern Manuscripts: Samuel Beckett’s works between completion and incompletion”
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Dr Seán Kennedy (Assistant Professor of English, St Mary’s University, Canada), "History and Philosophy in the Watt Manuscripts"
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Dr Rina Kim (Lecturer in Drama, University of Auckland), “Beyond the Archive: The Case of Beckett’s ‘Psychology Notes’”
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Dr Ulrika Maude (Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Durham University), “‘Laws of Habit’: Beckett and Behaviourism”
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Dr Emilie Morin (Lecturer in English and Related Literature, University of York), “Samuel Beckett and Antiquarianism”
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Dr Mark Nixon (Lecturer in English, Director of Beckett International Foundation, Co-Director of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, University of Reading), "'dirty little exercise-books': Beckett's manuscripts in the marketplace"
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Dr Laura Salisbury (Lecturer in English Literature, Birkbeck College), “Bulimic Beckett: Food for Thought”
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Dr Erik Tonning (Research Fellow of the Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College, Oxford. From January 2011, Research Director of the "Modernism and Christianity: Literature, History, Archive" Project, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, Norway), “The Christ Disbelieved by Beckett: Christian Iconography in Samuel Beckett's Work and Dramaturgy”
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Professor Shane Weller (Professor of Comparative Literature and Co-Director of the Centre for Modern European Literature, University of Kent), “The Art of Unwriting: On the Genetic History of The Unnamable
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Dr David Wheatley (Senior Lecturer in English, University of Hull) “‘Your papers!': Archiving Beckett and Beckett's Archive of the Self”
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