Samuel Beckett's Dystopias (SAMLA 11/4/16-11/6/16)

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
Jacksonville, FL
November 4th-6th, 2016

Deadline: June 1st, 2016

Samuel Beckett's Dystopias

In Samuel Beckett's literary landscapes, readers and viewers find dark, barren spaces, crippled characters, haunting voices, and an overall sense that there is "Nothing to be done" (Waiting for Godot). The hope that appears in the presence of a boy or a few leaves on a tree is soon negated by the shake of a head or the absence of a long awaited arrival. Beckett's worlds are full of ashes and bones in which men and women are exiled and isolated; they are depleted, lonely spaces; they are dystopian spaces.

Abstracts of 250 words or less that explore Beckett's stage plays, teleplays, prose fiction and poetry in relation to this topic are welcome.

Please send abstracts to Dr. Katherine Weiss at by June 1st, 2016.