CFP: [Theatre] Beckett's Radio Plays (3/31/08; ALSC; 10/24-10/26/08)

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Michael Gouin-Hart
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Call for Papers
2008 ALSC Conference, Philadelphia, October 24-26, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Jhumpa Lahiri,
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Interpreter of Maladies (2000)

The Conference Program Committee invites proposals for papers and
presentations to be considered for the 2008 conference at the Sheraton
Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, October 24-26. Descriptions of each
panel and seminar topic appear below, along with e-mail addresses and
other contact information for submissions. Please bear in mind that there
will be many more submissions than can be accepted, and that the criteria
may include not only the merit of the individual submission but the range
and variety of a session’s contributions. The pleasure of the conveners
is to see how much stimulating and valuable work is being done; the pain
is to be able to accommodate only part of it in panel or seminar.

Submission form and deadline. Submissions must reach the convener of the
session by March 31. They should be sent to both (1) the convener of the
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• If you do not send copies to both the convener and the ALSC, we
cannot guarantee that you will receive an e-mail notice acknowledging
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• You must be a member of the ALSC in good standing to participate
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Exploring Samuel Beckett’s Radio Plays
Convener: Robert Scanlan (Harvard University)
Samuel Beckett’s radio plays pose fascinating aesthetic quandaries, not
least the question of the “being” of the subject matter. “Cascando” seems
central to the entire aesthetic of the genre, functioning, in a certain
light, as Beckett’s single most explicit “ars poetica.” The medium of
radio broadcast is famously immaterial, and Beckett has played with this
ontological dilemma in every script he has devised for that medium.
However, each radio play requires full production involving actors,
composers, musicians, sound designers, engineers, technicians, properties
and studio recording conditions (which resemble theatre) in order to
be “realized.” This panel will explore the many dimensions, aesthetic,
theoretical, thematic, and pragmatic, associated with these important
works, and the ways in which these small masterpieces illuminate all of
Beckett’s wide-ranging work in many media.
Papers for this panel should carve out some specific aspect of the
subjects sketched above, and I will strive to include a mix of aesthetic
theory, thematic “deep” reading of individual works, and pragmatic
experience with producing and performing Beckett â€" either the radio plays
specifically, or other performance works.
Descriptions of proposed papers should be sent to Professor Robert
Scanlan, Department of English and American Literature and Language,
Harvard University, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138.

Michael Gouin-Hart
Executive Director
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC)
650 Beacon Street, Suite 510
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Phone: 617-358-1990 / Fax: 617-358-1995
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