Beckett in International Culture and Politics

deadline for submissions: 
January 6, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Samuel Beckett Today/ Aujourd'hui
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Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui solicits proposals for articles in French or English on Beckett’s global and political reach. More than the question of Beckett’s international influence, we ask scholars to consider how Beckett’s work provides aesthetic models for artists seeking to address political conflict, to break the straightjacket of imposed artistic forms, or to represent forms of human violence. Does Beckett’s work help or hinder artists in formulating a political aesthetic or navigating specific political demands and situations? Does Beckett’s work inform conceptions of committed art? How does Beckett’s style affect conceptions of literary form and the function of aesthetics in non-European settings, particularly those marked by colonial history? Papers that attend to engagements with Beckett’s work beyond Western Europe will receive special attention: the Middle East, Turkey, and other areas of Asia, the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, beyond and elsewhere. 250-word proposals due 6 January 2018; completed article for peer review, 1 April 2018. Send these and any queries to James McNaughton, jamesm@ua.edu