Beckett Revisited

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Richard J. Gray II, Ph.D./Carson-Newman College
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Submissions are now being accepted for a forthcoming edited collection of essays on the influence of the work of Samuel Beckett entitled "Beckett Revisited." Samuel Barclay Beckett (April 13, 1906 - December 22, 1989) was one of the most prominent writers of the 20th century. Having recently reached the twentieth anniversary of his death, there is no time like the present to remember and to reevaluate the contribution of this writer to the field of world literature. Beckett's extensive corpus of literary works, in which he presented his powerful themes of solitude, memories of the past, and the complexity and difficulty of the creative process, included some of the most innovative plays, poems, and novels of the era.

The main objective of the project is to evaluate the more long-term impact(s) of Beckett's oeuvre by undertaking an examination of Beckett's work in three distinct parts: Dramatic works (plays for stage, radio, and television and cinema); Prose works (novels, novellas, short stories, miscellaneous non-fiction, and letters); Poetic works (selected poems and collections). This call for papers, therefore, seeks essays that truly speak to Beckett's work(s) in these terms.

Sample topics may include (contributors are by no means limited to these):

• Beckett and the native land
• Characterization in Beckett
• Thematic, structural, narrative, stylistic, textual and/or inter-textual relationships within Beckett's work
• Beckett and bilingualism
• Translating the self
• Beckett as travel literature
• Beckett and the media
• Feminism
• Existentialism
• Beckett and memory


Contributor guidelines:

1. Abstract (not to exceed 500 words), which may include preliminary bibliography, or full papers.
2. Current CV for each author(s).
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: April 1, 2010. Accepted authors will be notified by May 15, 2010. Completed essays will be due September 1, 2010.
4. Questions and materials should be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Richard Gray at