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Call for Papers

Keynote Speakers

Mary Bryden (Cardiff University, UK)
Bruno Clément (Université de Paris-VIII)
James Knowlson (University of Reading, UK)
Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania)

  The centenary of Samuel Beckett's birth is a timely moment in which to take stock of new directions in research on a writer of truly global stature. What are the most significant aspects of Beckett's work attracting recent and current research? What new insights are these affording? In what ways do current critical approaches and methodologies vary across time and space? In what respects are productions of Beckett's plays and audience responses to them open to innovative approaches? How significant are linguistic, cultural and political boundaries in opening or closing new avenues of inquiry? In what ways do Beckett's writings engage with the discourses of Modernism and Postmodernism and issues we might broadly call Postcolonial? These are among the key questions which speakers at this international conference are invited to address.
  Standard panels will normally consist of three papers. Proposals are welcomed for individual papers, whole panels or non-standard types of session on any topic relevant to the overall conference theme. Papers may be given in either English or French.

The conference will result in a volume of essays drawn from the proceedings.
All submissions must contain the following information for all proposed speakers:
  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • E-mail address
  • Mailing address, phone and fax number
  • Title of paper or presentation
  • Brief description/summary of paper or presentation (250-500 words)
Proposers of panels and other sessions must provide the above information for each paper, together with their own contact details and a brief description/summary (250-500 words) of the overall rationale for the proposed panel or session.

Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2005

Proposals and enquiries should be addressed to:

Dr Alec G Hargreaves
Director, Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies
Florida State University
Florida 32306-1540
Telephone 1 850 644 8559
Fax 1 850 644 9917

The preferred method of communication is e-mail.

Information updates will be posted regularly on the conference web-site:

Conference Directors:

William J. Cloonan, Professor of French, Florida State University
S.E. Gontarski, Professor of English, Florida State University
Alec G. Hargreaves, Director, Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State University

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