The Katharine Worth Travel Bursary 2023 now open for applications

The Beckett International Foundation at the University of Reading is delighted to invite applications for the Katharine Worth travel bursary, in honour of the renowned Beckett scholar, Professor Katharine Worth, who donated her Beckett archive to the University of Reading.  The archive includes a beautifully detailed maquette by Peter Snow of a version of his stage design…

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The 7th International Annual Conference of The Samuel Beckett Society: ‘Beckett & Poetry/Beckett & La Poesía’. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 26-28 October, 2022

The 7th International Annual conference of the Samuel Beckett Society will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 26-28 October, 2022 with ‘Beckett and Poety/Beckett y La Poesía’ as its theme. Under the title “Beckett & poetry”, we seek to investigate and debate the role played in Beckett studies by different critical approaches to his…

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A new Spanish translation of Lessness/Sans

A new Spanish translation of Lessness/Sans has been announced by Árdora Ediciones in Madrid. The volume is novel in that it contains four versions of the same text: Beckett’s original Sans (1969), followed by its translation into Spanish by Loreto Casado, and Beckett’s original Lessness (1970), followed by its translation into Spanish by José Francisco Fernández. Fernández explained the…

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Conference Update: Spectral Landscapes: Absence, Trauma & Nationhood. University of Reading, 4-5 November, 2021.

Spectral Landscapes: Absence, Trauma & Nationhood is a two-day inter-disciplinary conference hosted by the University of Reading which aims to explore questions of spectrality, trauma, hauntings and landscape in connection to national and social identity in Beckett’s works. The two-day event, which forms part of Reading’s annual Beckett Week and runs on 4-5 November, 2021,…

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New Title: Samuel Beckett and Technology. Eds Galina Kiryushina, Einat Adar & Mark Nixon (Edinburgh University Press)

Coming imminently from Edinburgh University Publishing is Samuel Beckett and Technology, edited by Galina Kiryushina, Einat Adar and Mark Nixon. Drawn from the conference of the same name which was held in Charles University, Prague in 2018, this new volume aims for ‘a comprehensive discussion of the role technology plays in shaping Beckett’s trademark aesthetics’ by…

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Two new books on Beckett and translation

This autumn sees the publication of two books which address the issue of translation in Beckett’s oeuvre. Samuel Beckett and Translation (Palgrave), edited by José Francisco Fernández and Mar Garre García adresses a number of themes including Beckett’s self-translations, translations of other authors and the poetics of translation, in a collection comprising thirteen chapters followed…

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New Publication: Beckett and Buddhism by Angela Moorjani

Beckett and Buddhism is a new work from Cambridge University Press by long-time Beckett scholar and Society member Angela Moorjani . Drawing on letters and archives along with recent studies of Buddhist thought and Schopenhauer’s knowledge of it, the book charts the Buddhist concepts circling through Beckett’s visions of the ‘human predicament’. Moorjani offers an…

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Deadline Extension: Spectral Landscapes: Absence, Trauma and Nationhood. 4-5 November 2021, University of Reading

Call for Papers – Deadline 31st July 2021 Spectral Landscapes:  Absence, Trauma and Nationhood  4th-5th November 2021, University of Reading “places belong to our bodies and our bodies belong to these places. We learn how to orientate and re-orientate ourselves in relation to them and form internalized representations of them (cognitive maps) which play a…

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New Publication: Beckett and the Cognitive Method: Mind, Models, and Exploratory Narratives by Marco Bernini. OUP, 2022.

Oxford University Press has just published a new monograph by Marco Bernini. Titled Beckett and the Cognitive Method: Mind, Models, and Exploratory Narratives, the author argues ‘that Samuel Beckett’s narrative work, rather than just expressing or rendering mental states, inaugurates an exploratory use of narrative as an introspective modeling technology’ and that ‘Beckett pioneered a…

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1er Concurso Internacional de Ensayos en español para jóvenes investigadores sobre la obra de Samuel Beckett/1st International Essay Competition in Spanish for Early Research Scholars

[English translation available at bottom of page] Con el aval institucional de The Samuel Beckett Society y organizado por el SeminarioBeckett México (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana), el grupo de investigaciónLindisfarne (Universidad de Almería, España) y la revista Beckettiana (Universidad deBuenos Aires, Argentina) se hace un llamado a participar del 1er Concurso Internacionalde Ensayos en español para…

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Call for Papers: Samuel Beckett Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research. IFTR World Congress, 20-24 June 2022, Reykjavik.

The Samuel Beckett Working Group will be meeting at the IFTR International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference 2022. IFTR 2022’s conference theme, Shifting Centres (In the Middle of Nowhere), is apposite for the Samuel Beckett Working Group, as well as for our times (https://iftr.org/conference/call-for-papers). Beckett’s work has spoken readily to many over the last two…

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