Samuel Beckett’s Bodies of Water

deadline for submissions: 
November 7, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Katherine Weiss / Tennessee Philological Association
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Samuel Beckett’s Bodies of Water

 

In Samuel Beckett’s canon, water is a recurring image. In his radio play, Embers, the protagonist Henry tells us that he is sitting by the ocean, in his stage play Endgame Nagg and Nell remember nearly drowning in Lake Como, and in his tour de force stage and later television play, Not I Mouth refers to the narrative gushing from her mouth as a “steady stream.” Water in these and other works by the Nobel Prize winning author is both a location and a metaphor; it is aligned with happy memories and danger, with transition and stasis, with the beginning and  the end.

 

I am seeking scholars interested in exploring the images of bodies of water in Beckett’s canon to be considered for a panel proposal to the 2017 Tennessee Philological Association Conference to be held in Johnson City, TN during February 23-25, 2017. For more about TPA, please go to http://www.apsu.edu/tpa/call-papers-and-panel-proposals.

 

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Please email weisk01@etsu.edu with the attached abstract by November 7, 2016.