UPDATE Collection of essays and play reviews Samuel Beckett. Abstracts: 31/07/10

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Collection of Essays on Samuel Beckett and Philosophy/ Play reviews of Endgame and other plays by Samuel Beckett. Electronic Journal : MIRANDA (http://www.miranda-ejournal.eu/1/miranda/index.xsp ), Universite de Toulouse 2 Le Mirail

We are looking for essays (5000-7000 words) and reviews (1000-1500 words) to complete a collection of essays to be published in the Spring 2011 issue of the peer-reviewed electronic journal Miranda dedicated to Beckett: philosophy and drama.

Language: English / French

Beckett questions human identity to the very limits of its stage existence. Endgame cancels out the spatial and existential landmarks of the character. However, Beckett's heroes need to be situated textually and scenically. The purpose of this collection of articles is to study Beckett's strategies for the performance of existential issues through the joint perspectives of philosophical, literary and dramatic debates and inheritances.
Dramatically the beckettian character is determined by an essential liminality. The protagonist is an in-between, the zero of a theatrical and literary Euclidean space. It is the locus of various encounters between sometimes contradictory stylistic, dramatic and poetic temporalities. Beckett creates a nexus of dramatic and textual games from Shakespeare to his own contemporaries. The journal issue wishes to confront thoughts on various aspects of the works that influenced Beckett in creating a new form of drama. Adopting a literary but also a performance perspective, papers could explore the staging and the writing of the self in Beckett's works and that of his contemporaries. Moreover, the major philosophical debates raised by his theatre in the works of Adorno, Badiou, Deleuze, Lacan or Zizek, should also be a major concern for this collection of articles. The philosophical inheritance of beckettian plays and their influential role on both drama and philosophy will be discussed. However, Beckett's singularity as a playwright and a thinker dwells in a form of resistance to the literary continuum it inherited as well as to the philosophical currents which tried to analyse them. As Derrida wrote, "language bears within itself the necessity of its own critique", and Beckett plays explore this dimension of resistance on the linguistic level as well as the theatrical and the philosophical levels. This deliberate or not resistance to influence of the beckettian text is also to be considered.

Send abstracts (250-500 words) or play review proposals by July 31st 2010. Notices of acceptance will be sent by August 10th 2010. Completed articles and / or reviews to Pr Philippe Birgy and Dr Nathalie Rivere de Carles at cas3.art@gmail.com by October 31st 2010.