Beckett and the State of Ireland (beckettucd2011)

Venue: Humanities Institute of Ireland

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Event Date/Time: Jul 08, 2011 End Date/Time: Jul 09, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: May 06, 2011
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Call For Papers

Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland Conference

University College Dublin, July 8-9, 2011
Hosted by The Humanities Institute of Ireland

“Famous throughout the civilised world and the Irish Free State”

“I have also decided to remind myself of my present state before embarking on my stories. I think this is a mistake.”
Malone Dies

Samuel Beckett’s relationship to his home country of Ireland has always been a curious interaction. Years of criticism interpreted his Parisian exile and switch to French as Beckett ‘turning his back on Ireland’. However, recent scholarship has opened up a much wider excavation of Beckett’s connections with Ireland. This is evident in a number of recent publications which interrogate Beckett’s relationship to his native country, in particular Emilie Morin’s Samuel Beckett and the Problem of Irishness (2009) and Beckett and Ireland (2010), edited by Sean Kennedy. In addition, the publication in 2009 of the first volume of Beckett’s letters, covering the period from 1929 to 1940, has re-iterated for scholars the lasting influences and shaping experiences that Ireland represented for Beckett. The staging for the first time of a conference solely devoted to Beckett’s relationship to Ireland aims to encourage an exchange of ideas which will inform ongoing critical efforts to construct an Irish Beckett.

This two day conference aims to host a wide selection of both graduate and professional papers with the aim of highlighting new and dynamic work being done on Samuel Beckett. Proposals are sought from researchers working in the field in general and are particularly welcome from those working in disciplines outside of the traditional confines of Beckett studies, especially from those working on Beckett in the Irish language. Keynote speakers will be established scholars within the field.

Topics will include but are not limited to:

Representations of Ireland in Beckett
Beckett and Irish Studies
Beckett and Irish Drama
Beckett as an Irish Protestant
Beckett and the Free State
Beckett and the Irish Language
Representations of Landscape
Exile and Home

Abstracts not exceeding 300 words for 20 minute papers should be emailed to: The deadline for proposals is Friday May 6, 2011.


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