UPDATE: Collection of Essays / Play Reviews on Samuel Beckett and Philosophy. Abstracts July 31st 2010
Collection of Essays / Play Reviews on Samuel Beckett and Philosophy.
Electronic Journal : MIRANDA (http://www.miranda-ejournal.eu/1/miranda/index.xsp ), Universite de Toulouse 2 Le Mirail
We are looking for essays (5000-7000 words) and reviews (1000-1500 words) to complete a collection of essays to be published in the Spring 2011 issue of the peer-reviewed electronic journal Miranda dedicated to Beckett: philosophy and drama.
Language: English / French
Beckett questions human identity to the very limits of its stage existence. Endgame cancels out the spatial and existential landmarks of the character. However, Beckett’s heroes need to be situated textually and scenically. The purpose of this collection is to study Beckett’s strategies for the performance of existential issues through the joint perspectives of philosophical, literary and dramatic debates and inheritances.
Dramatically the beckettian character is determined by an essential liminality. The protagonist is an in-between, the zero of a theatrical and literary Euclidean space. It is the locus of various encounters between sometimes contradictory stylistic, dramatic and poetic temporalities. Beckett creates a nexus of dramatic and textual games from Shakespeare to his own contemporaries. The collection wishes to confront thoughts on various aspects of the works that influenced Beckett in creating a new form of drama. Adopting a literary but also a performance perspective, papers could explore the staging and the writing of the self in Beckett’s works and that of his contemporaries. Moreover, the major philosophical debates raised by his theatre in the works of Adorno, Badiou, Deleuze, Lacan or Zizek, should also be a major concern for this collection. The philosophical inheritance of beckettian plays and their influential role on both drama and philosophy will be discussed. However, Beckett’s singularity as a playwright and a thinker dwells in a form of resistance to the literary continuum it inherited as well as to the philosophical currents which tried to analyse them. As Derrida wrote, “language bears within itself the necessity of its own critique”, and Beckett plays explore this dimension of resistance on the linguistic level as well as the theatrical and the philosophical levels. This deliberate or not resistance to influence of the beckettian text is also to be considered.
Send abstracts and proposals of play reviews by July 31st 201 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Notices of acceptance will be sent by August 10th and completed articles and / or play reviews to Pr Philippe Birgy (email@example.com) and Dr Nathalie Rivere de Carles (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 31st 2010.
Nathalie Rivere de Carles
Lecturer Renaissance Studies
Departement des Etudes du Monde Anglophone
Universite de Toulouse 2 Le Mirail
5 allees Antonio-Machado
31058 TOULOUSE CEDEX 1
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