The call for papers has just been announced for the 8th Annual Samuel Beckett Society conference which will be held virtually in December of 2023. Responding to the growing awareness of anthropogenic climate change and the need to reduce the environmental impact of academic travel, the Samuel Beckett Society is proposing its first completely online…Read More
Beckett & Poetry/y La Poesía: 7th Annual Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society. Buenos Aires, 26-28 October 2022
The 7th annual Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society takes place this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Taking Beckett and Poetry as its theme, the conference will allow for an exploration of Beckett as poet and the broader themes of poetics within his oeuvre. The event includes papers in English and Spanish further enhancing the…Read More
Applications open for Travel Bursaries to Samuel Beckett Society Conference, Buenos Aires
The Samuel Beckett Society is committed to strengthening the field of Beckett Studies by supporting new scholarship from early career researchers. We would like to invite postgraduate researchers and those within eight years of submitting their PhDs to apply for a Ruby Cohn Travel Bursary to support their attendance at the Beckett and Poetry/Beckett &…Read More
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…Read More
Postponed: Annual Samuel Beckett Society Conference, 2020
Announcement: “In response to the current pandemic, we have postponed our annual conference (Bordeaux) to 2021. Details of future events will be circulated once we have a clearer idea of how things will develop in the next few months.”Read More
Sex and Gender in Samuel Beckett’s Work
The titles of Samuel Beckett’s two early novels show a taste for salaciousness and provocation that did not disappear in later years, and led to his being expelled from the family home and censored in Ireland. If obscenity became more subdued afterwards, and if sexuality tended to disappear from an increasingly abstract universe, sex, of an often crude kind, is a recurring feature of the Beckettian text. As for sexuality, in its normative version, it is systematically thwarted by the powerlessness and horror of procreation displayed by Beckett’s male characters, whose sexual behaviour “deviates” from the heterosexual paradigm (anality, onanism).
Sex questions the relationship to the other, as a sexual partner and in its gendered dimension. But this relationship is not a straightforward one in Beckett. Before the trilogy, female characters are essentially derealized (either through idealization or belittling, see Mercier, Bryden, Ben-Zvi, McMullan), while male characters are devirilized (Bjørnerud). Moreover, the question of connection and autonomy, central to the fiction and even more to the theatre, is experienced in sexual encounters with particular acuteness. The promise of a union, or even of fusion with the other, stumbles against an impossibility that feeds the melancholy of many characters. Considering that the sexual act is both material and spiritual, it can be traumatic but is also a source of humour and comedy.Read More
Samuel Beckett and Translation
International conference organized by the University of Almería, Spain, and the Samuel Beckett Society, 9-11 May 2019Read More
ECR Travel Bursaries from the Samuel Beckett Society
The Samuel Beckett Society is pleased to offer 4 travel bursaries of the value of £300 each to Early Career Researchers wishing to attend the annual conference in Mexico City in November 2018.
‘Early Career Researcher’ describes any scholar of any nationality not yet holding a permanent salaried position. Your contribution must have already been accepted by the Conference Organisers.
Please send a 400-word description of your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 September 2018. An anonymous committee of Beckett scholars will rank the proposals and the Society will get back to you via e-mail by 11 September 2018.Read More