Back to the Beckett Text

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University of Gdansk, Poland
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Samuel Beckett Seminar at the University of Gdansk, Poland

12th-14th May, 2010

The Department of Literary Studies of the English Institute at the University of Gdansk invites artists, scholars and translators to a seminar entitled "Back to the Beckett Text". We plan this event to be the first in a series of Samuel Beckett Seminars held at our University. The main objective of the project is to provide opportunities for international exchange on the present state of research on Beckett's oeuvre. We hope to encourage discussion on a variety of approaches to the body of his work and, therefore, we would like to extend this invitation to all those professionally involved with Beckett's work. So as to stimulate the interchange of ideas, we have decided to select no more than twenty delegates for our first meeting. "Back to the Beckett Text" will concentrate on text-oriented studies of individual texts (English/French versions but also translations into other languages), and selected periods and genres. We also welcome text-based attempts at more general synthesis. It is not , however, our intention to discourage papers which originate in biographical, philosophical, comparative or theoretical studies. On the contrary, we believe the seminar should aim to achieve definite outcomes in relation to opening up the meaning of Beckett's texts via a variety of approaches. We would also welcome papers that give account of stage productions as well as translations.

We are delighted to be able to confirm that Prof. Enoch Brater of the University of Michigan, former president of the Beckett Society, has agreed to offer the keynote paper to the seminar. Additionally, the delegates will be invited to compare their interpretations of Beckett's Company during one session of a round-table discussion.

Please send abstracts (up to 300 words) for 20-minute presentations with a short biographical note by the 15th of January, 2010 to: Do not hesitate to address any questions about the seminar to the above address.
The language of the seminar is English.
The seminar fee: 100 €.

Prof. dr hab. Jerzy Limon
Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski