Confirmed Speakers/Paper Titles/Schedule


Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland III

Sponsored by John Hume Global Institute of Irish Studies

UCD Humanities Institute

Friday 2 August 2013

9:00-9:25 Registration

9:30-10:30 Panel 1  Chair: Scott Hamilton

Arthur Broomfield (Independent Scholar): Beckett and The Irish Word.

David McKinney (UCD): ‘A Room in Beckett’s House’: The Re-Emergence of the Beckettian Aesthetic in Recent Irish Fiction.

10:30-10:40 Coffee

10:40-12:00 Panel 2  Chair: David Clare

Ian Miller (Independent Scholar): Waiting, For Beckett.

Mary O’Byrne (NUI, Maynooth): ‘Fuck Life’: A Phenomenological Reading of the Dramatisation of Death in Rockaby.

Patricia McTighe (Univ. of Reading): ‘You and your landscapes!’: A Sense of Place in Productions of Beckett’s Work on the Irish Stage.

12:00-12:10 Coffee

12:10-1:30 Panel 3 Chair: Amanda Dennis

Georgina Nugent-Folan (TCD): Gertrude Stein, die unglückliche Dame? : Beckett’s reading of Stein in the German letter and its implications.

Siobhán Purcell (NUI, Galway): Renderings of Mental Illness in Beckett’s earlier writings.

Alan Graham (UCD): ‘Our missing twenty millions’: Joyce, Beckett and the Gaeltacht

1:30-2:30 Lunch

2:30-3:50 Panel 4 Chair: Alan Graham

Brian Fox (Royal Holloway, Univ. of London): ‘Irish Realist’: Anthony Cronin’s ‘Beckett man’ and the ‘non-novel’ in Ireland’

Feargal Whelan (UCD): ‘Impossible Jargon’: The Irish accent in Human Wishes.

P.J. Murphy (Thompson Rivers University): “Boycotting Belacqua: Popular Culture Contexts at the Heart of Dream of Fair to Middling Women”.

3:50-4:00 Coffee

4:00-5:30 Panel 5  Chair: Feargal Whelan

David Clare (NUIG): ‘Turn the wick low’: Samuel Beckett’s Increasingly Dark Depictions of Co. Wicklow.

Leonard Madden: “Eternal I endure. All hope abandon, all yea who enter here”: Exeo defunctus: undead in Dublin in “Enueg I”.

Benjamin Keatinge (South East European University): ”but to hell with all this fucking scenery”: Beckett, Ireland and the Topographical Imaginary.

5:30 Reception


Saturday 3 August


10:00-11:20 Panel 6  Chair: Siobhán Purcell

Aoife Lynch (UCD): ‘Man and the Echo: The Black Hole of Universal Reception in Difference’.

Naoya Mori (Kobe Women’s University): “The Splendid Little Pictures” of Leibniz, Swift and Beckett’.

Brenda O’Connell (NUIM): “ ‘…dreadfully un-…’staged bodies”. Beckettian Echoes in Irish Performance Practice and International Experimental Theatre.

11:20-11:30 Coffee

11:30-12:50  Panel 7 Chair: Graham Price

Stephen Stacey (TCD): Translating for Sense: Samuel Beckett’s Writing in English, French and English.

Trask Roberts (Univ. of Minnesota): Beckett’s Disregarded Reader: An Exploration of Self-Translation.

Amanda Dennis (Univ. of California, Berkeley): The Shifting Space of Language: Linguistic Ambivalence in the Post-war Writings.

12:50-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:20 Panel 8  Chair: Scott Hamilton

Einat Adar (Charles University, Prague): The Blind Man Made to See: ‘Rough for Theatre I’ and the Irish Philosphical Tradition.

Peter O’Neill (DCU): Embodying ‘Being’: Heraclitus and Samuel Beckett.

Eoghan Smith (Carlow College): ‘An example to us all’?: Beckett, Philosophy and Irish Writing.

3:20-3:30 Coffee

3:30-5:00 Panel 9  Chair: Feargal Whelan

Mary F. Catanzaro (Independent Scholar): Some Irish and French Roots of the Pseudocouple: From Tristram Shandy and Bouvard and Pécuchet to Mercier and Camier.

Scott Eric Hamilton (UCD):

Murphy’s Dublin.

Rodney Sharkey (Qatar Medical Univ.): “From Womb to Room to Tomb”:  Gestation, Nation and Reputation: Beckett and the ‘States’ of Ireland.

6:45 Dinner at Carluccio’s, Dame Street


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