Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference Extended Deadline CFP, Samuel Beckett and the Comedy of Unhappiness

deadline for submissions: 
July 10, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Fergal O'Doherty, Palomar College
contact email: 

CALL FOR PAPERS (Extended Deadline!)

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019, Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, San Diego, California

Conference Theme "Send in the Clowns"

The 2019 PAMLA Conference is being held over the November 14-17 weekend, in beautiful San Diego, California once again! Do consider joining us at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside hotel this year, and as many PAMLA attendees can attest, the conference itself is sure to be an incredibly enjoyable, friendly, and rigorous experience for scholars at all stages in their professional careers. Go to for more information.

Session: Samuel Beckett and the Comedy of Unhappiness (
Presiding Officer: Fergal O'Doherty
Proposal Due Date: July 10th (Extended)

Panel abstract: This session explores Samuel Beckett in light of the type of the clown, that figure where tragedy and comedy meet. We will consider ideas about the genius of the clown; the clown as linguist, hero, or philosopher; the clown as investigation into the unknowability of human existence; the clown as patron saint of failure; the clown as crucible of compassion and empathy. Participants are encouraged to investigate Beckett’s poems, plays, novels, and non-traditional works. Consider the following questions: To what degree is the artist a clown? How do Beckett’s clowns regard themselves in relation to organized (and disorganized) religion, philosophy, fine art? To what degree is the artist a clown? Why is the academic world so starved of clowns? Do Beckett's clowns subscribe to hierarchies in the manner of religious, political, or academic figures? How does the phenomenon of sadomasochism appear in and affect our reading of Beckett’s clowns?

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