Samuel Beckett and Nature

deadline for submissions: 
January 20, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
James Martell / Lyon College
contact email: 

“Samuel Beckett and Nature”

International Conference
October 16-18, 2020
Lyon College

"Nature has forgotten us" says Hamm in Beckett's Endgame. This simple yet catastrophic statement speaks to why Beckett Studies are more and more concerned to what Beckett's oeuvre can tell us about our contemporary and urgent plights with regard to nature and the environment. Taking a cue from these contemporary developments in Beckett scholarship, as well as from recent literary and cultural studies on post-humanism, the Anthropocene, eco-criticism, object-oriented and materialist ontologies, the *Samuel Beckett and Nature *International Conference will assemble scholars interested in the different questions of nature, the environment and all its concomitant catastrophes in and around Beckett's works. It will close
with a performance of Molloy by Gare St. Lazare Ireland within the show cave in Blanchard Springs Caverns.

Keynote Speakers

Jean-Michel Rabaté
“Echo’s Bones and Ecoflesh: Nature in Beckett’s poems”

H. Peter Steeves
“What dreams! Those forests!: Memory and Nature in Beckett, from Clov’s
Flea to Krapp’s Last Banana”

Possible topics for the papers or panels are:
Bio- and Zoo-politics in Beckett
Beckett and the Anthropocene
Beckett and the post-human
Beckett and Animal or Plant Studies
Eco-Beckett, Eco-criticism, and Eco-deconstruction
Beckett and Materialist or Object Oriented Ontologies
Notions of Nature and the Natural in Beckett

Extended Deadline for papers or proposed panels submission, in both English and
French: January 20, 2020. Send them to

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