Samuel Beckett Working Group: Call for Papers
‘Beckett Influencing/Influencing Beckett’
Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary
Budapest, Hungary
15-17 June, 2017

Under the Auspices of the International Federation for Theatre Research

Writers are influenced in many ways, directly and indirectly, by their predecessors and contemporaries. Samuel Beckett is no exception. It is possible to cite innumerable playwrights, novelists, philosophers, artists, composers, performers, film makers, and critical thinkers whose writings and creative life stimulated and inspired Beckett and echo through his writing. In a similar way, Beckett, too, has had a profound impact on his contemporaries and those who have followed him.

This SBWG looks in two directions: back to those whose creative output, forms, ideas, and subject matter resonant in Beckett’s oeuvre; forward to those who have found and continue to find inspiration in Beckett’s works, particularly theatre.

Possible paper topics:

  • A playwright, writer, philosopher, artist, composer, performer, director, or filmmaker whose works may have influenced Beckett’s work;
  • A specific writer, philosopher, artist, composer, performer, director, or film- maker influenced by Beckett, and the nature and result of this influence;
  • A particular play, performance, novel, painting, composition, or film that influenced Beckett, and that Beckett influenced;
  • A specific social, cultural, or political event which had an impact on Beckett’s work, and which Beckett’s works may have influenced;
  • Histories and legacies of Beckett in various countries and cultures;
  • Possibilities and forms of Beckett’s influences in the future

Working Group Format:

  • Participants in relevant disciplines may give papers or audit;
  • Abstracts (250-300 words) due by February 1,acceptances February 15;
  • Papers (maximum 5,000 words) distributed a month before meeting;
  • At seminar participants give oral summaries of paper(10-15 minutes), followed by group discussion (30-40 minutes depending on number of presentations).

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Posted by:Rhys Tranter

Rhys Tranter is a writer based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is the author of Beckett's Late Stage (2018), and his work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and a number of books and periodicals. He holds a BA, MA, and a PhD in English Literature. His website is a personal journal offering commentary and analysis across literature, film, music, and the arts.

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