This volume contains a selection of articles delivered over five years (2005-2009) of an annual seminar hosted by the University of Oxford, and chaired by Matthew Feldmand and Erik Tonning. The book has focussed upon Beckett's formative intellectual development (particularly in the 1930s) and his subsequent influence across several cultural fields ((particularly since the 1950s).
Introduction Debts Marjorie Perloff: Beckett in the Country of the Houyhnhms: The Transformation of Swiftian Satire Chris Ackerley: "Delite in Swynes Draf": Husks and Lees, Sugarbeet Pulp and Roses in Samuel Beckett's "Draff" Doireann Lalor: "The Italianate Irishman": The Role of Italian in Beckett's Intratextual Multilingualism P. J. Murphy: Reincarnations of Joyce in Beckett's Fiction Sean Kennedy: "First Love": Abortion and Infanticide in Beckett and Yeats Ashley Taggart: Maeterlinck and Beckett: Paying Lip-Service to Silence Peter Fifield: "Accursed Progenitor!" Fin de partie and Georges Bataille Elsa Baroghel: From Narcissistic Isolation to Sadistic Pseudocouples: Tracing the Genesis of Endgame Shane Weller: Staging Psychoanalysis: Endgame and the Freudian Theory of the Anal-Sadistic Phase Paul Stewart: Sexual and Aesthetic Reproduction in Malone Dies Matthew Feldman: Beckett and Philosophy, 1928-1938 Anthony Cordingley: Samuel Beckett's Debt to Aristotle: Cosmology, Syllogism, Space, Time David Tucker: Towards an Analysis of Geulincx and the Ur-Watt Julie Campbell: Bunyan and Beckett: The Legacy of Pilgrim's Progress in Mercier and Camier Erik Tonning: "Nor by the Eye of Flesh nor by the Other": Fleshly, Creative and Mystical Vision in Late Beckett Claire Lozier: Breath as Vanitas: Beckett's Debt to a Baroque Genre Legacies Steven Connor: Beckett and the Loutishness of Learning Mary Bryden: "Stuck in a Stagger": Beckett and Cixous Alastair Hird: "What does it Matter who is Speaking," Someone said, "What does it Matter who is Speaking": Beckett, Foucault, Barthes David Addyman : Rest of Stage in Darkness: Beckett, his Directors and Place Mark Nixon: Beckett - Frisch - Durrenmatt Daniel Katz: Where Now?: A Few Reflections on Beckett, Robert Smithson, and the Local Katrin Wehling-Giorgi: "Splendid Little Pictures": Leibnizian Terminology in the Works of Samuel Beckett and Carlo Emilio Gadda Laura Salisbury: Art of Noise: Beckett's Language in a Culture of Information Bill Prosser: Beckett's Barbouillages Interview Rosemary Pountney and Matthew Feldman: An Interview with Dr Rosemary Pountney Free Space Rodney Sharkey: Beaufret, Beckett, and Heidegger: The Question(s) of Influence Dror Harari: Breath and the Tradition of 1960's New Realism: Between Theatre and Art Dan O'Hara: The Metronome of Consciousness Natalia Laranjinha: L'Ecriture Aphasique de Samuel Beckett Trish McTighe: Haptic Interfaces: The Live and the Recorded Body in Beckett's Eh Joe on Stage and Screen Notes on Contributors