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Conference Directors: William J. Cloonan, S.E. Gontarski, Alec G. Hargreaves
Administrative Coordinator: Sophie Romeuf

Details are subject to change. All sessions take place in the Park Plaza Hotel.


8:00 am- 6:00 pm - Registration

8:30 am- 10:00 am - Panel 1A, Camelia Room

Beckett's Unword Games
Chair: Ralph Berry (Florida State University)

  • Zachary Hanson (Florida State University) - Metathetic Gramophonemanology: Hear Nay So in Joyce and Beckett
  • Paul Shields (Assumption College) Wolfman on the Lam: De-oedipalizing Beckett
  • Dustin Anderson (Florida State University) - Delete, Invert, Repeat: Beckett's "Watt" and a Response to Stein
  • Respondent: Ralph Berry (Florida State University)

8:30 am- 10:00 am - Panel 1B, Gardenia Room

Chair: Sandra Boyer (Florida State University)

  • Chiara Montini (Université Paris VIII) - Beckett's bilingualism and its critics: a gradual process
  • Mireille Bousquet (Université de Paris VIII) - Pour une poétique de l'épuisement : l'oeuvre bilingue de Samuel Beckett
  • Nadia Louar (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) - La figure du bilinguisme dans l'oeuvre théâtrale de Samuel Beckett

8:30 am- 10:00 am - Panel 1C, Azalea Room

Ireland I
Chair: Seán Kennedy (St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia)

  • Ronan McDonald (University of Reading, UK) - Beckett and Irish Studies
  • Patrick Bixby (Arizona State University) - Rethinking the Trilogy: Beckettian Failure and the Post Colonial Subject
  • Seán Kennedy (St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia) - Historicising Beckett: Aspects of the Four Novellas (1946)

8:30 am- 10:00 am - Panel 1D, Mahogany Room

Perspectives and Perceptions
Chair: Matthew Kemp (Florida State University)

  • Kiuchi Kumiko (Universities of Sussex, UK and Tokyo, Japan) - Oxymoronic Perception and Experience of Genres in Samuel Beckett's writings from the late 1960s
  • Felicia McCarren (Tulane University) - Stench (Beaubourg, 1986)

10:00 am - 10:30 am - Coffee

10:30 am-12:00 noon - Panel 2A, Gardenia Room

Chair: David Hatch (Brigham Young University)

  • Shoshana Benjamin (Ben-Gurion University) - - Back to the Future: A direction for Beckett criticism mediated by meaning, lost and found, in 'Watt'
  • David Hatch (Brigham Young University) - Exhibitions.Dialogues. Du Bouchet..Beckett
  • Pierre Taminiaux (Georgetown University) - La critique de la critique comme écriture de la chose

10:30 am-12:00 noon - Panel 2B Azalea Room

Perspectives on "Play"
Chair: Graley Herren (Xavier University)

  • Graley Herren (Xavier University) - Repeat Beckett: Adapting "Play" from Stage to Screen
  • Michael Bogucki (University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill) - See Spot Shut: Philosophical Investigations in "Play"
  • Jennifer Stebick (John Carroll University) - Beckett's State Fright : the Inadequacy of Performance in "Play"

10:30 am-12:00 noon - Panel 2C, Camelia Room

Chair: : Paul Shields (Assumption College)

  • David Phillips (University of North Carolina) - From Page to Stage: Translating Samuel Beckett's (Post-)Modern Wasteland for the Twenty-First Century Stage- Fin de partie / Endgame
  • Agnieszka Tworek (Yale University) - Behind Endgame's Cell Gate: Beckett and Prison
  • Natka Bianchini (Tufts University) - Bare Interior, Chicken Wire Cages and Subway Stations - Re-thinking Beckett's Response to the ART endgame in Light of Earlier Productions

10:30 am-12:00 noon - Panel 2D, Mahogany Room

Beckett on Retrospection, in Retrospect: Memory, Silence, Multiplicity
Chair: : Andrew McFeaters (Florida State University)

  • Amber Coady (Florida State University) - F'His Breath Audible, Slow and Regular': Speechlessness and Forgetting in That Time
  • Andrew McFeaters (Florida State University) - Memory and Repetition in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape
  • Matthew Hobson (Florida State University) - Intersecting Multiplicities: Identity and Assemblage in Beckett and Deleuze

12:00 noon-1:30 pm - Lunch Break

1:30 pm-3:00 pm - Panel 3A, Camellia Room

Genetic Beckett Studies
Chair: Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp)

  • Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp) -'My life last state last version': genetic variants in Beckett's late works
  • Mark Nixon (University of Reading) - The remains of trace': intra- and intertextual transferences in Beckett's Mirlitonnades manuscripts

1:30 pm-3:00 pm - Panel 3B, Gardenia Room

Chair: Zachary Hanson (Florida State University)

  • Franz Michael Maier (Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Freien Universitaet Berlin) - "Perhaps I'll be able to find Clov's song": The Question of Melodic Continuity in Fin de partie and Krapp's Last Tape
  • Carol O'Sullivan (University of Portsmouth, UK) - 'Jazzing' Literature: Beckett, Moerman and Armstrong

1:30 pm-3:00 pm - Panel 3C, Azalea Room

Beckett on Film
Chair: Graham Saunders (University of Reading, UK)

  • John King (Florida Atlantic University) - "A Multitude in Transports of Joy": The Cons (and Pros) of Beckett on Film
  • Graham Saunders (University of Reading, UK) - 'Reclaiming Sam for Ireland': The Beckett on Film Project and National Identity
  • Matthijs Engelberts (Universiteit van Amsterdam) - Beckett and Cinema

1:30 pm-3:00 pm - Panel 3D, Mahogany Room

De l'absurde à Comment C'est
Chair: William J. Cloonan (Florida State University)

  • Sophie Bastien (Collège Militaire Royal du Canada) - De Camus à Beckett : de l'absurde à l'absolu
  • Candice Nicolas (Ohio State University) - « Du Malentendu aux non-entendus » Absurde et Enfermement chez Camus et Beckett
  • Flore Chevaillier (Florida State University) - Jouer sur les mots dans « Comment C'est »
  • Yann Mevel (University of Tohoku, Japan) - Lire Beckett avec Starobinski

3:00 pm-3.30 pm - Coffee

3:30 pm-5:00 pm - Panel 4A, Camellia Room

Elegy, Memory, and Melancholy
Chair: Lori J. Walters (Florida State University)

  • Shane Weller (University of Kent, UK) - 'All the Dead Voices': Beckett and the Ethics of Elegy
  • Rina Kim (University of Warwick, UK) - Memories and Melancholia in Beckett's Four Novellas and "Molloy"
  • Susan Mooney (University of South Florida) - Emotional, Ethical Beckett: Narrating Masculine Crises in "Molloy"

3:30 pm-5:00 pm - Panel 4B, Azalea Room

Beckett's Legacy
Chair: Jenny Douglas (University of Rochester)

  • Jenny Douglas (University of Rochester) - Samuel Beckett and Marina Carr: Theatricality, Performativity, and Gender

3:30 pm-5:00 pm - Panel 4C, Gardenia Room

Beckett Elsewhere
Chair: Robson Corrêa de Camargo (Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brasil)

  • Robson Corrêa de Camargo (Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brasil) - Brasil : 50 X Beckett
  • Flora Süssekind (UNIRIO + Centro de Pesquisa da Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa-Brazil) - 'Choral forms in Beckett's work

5:00 pm-5:30 pm - Coffee

5:30 pm-6:30 pm - Keynote Speaker
Magnolia Room
Chair: William J. Cloonan ( Florida State University)

Beckett's philosophies and Beckett's philosophers

Speaker: Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania)

6:30 pm-7:30 pm - Reception Hosted by Grove Press
Welcoming Remarks: Joe Travis, Dean, College of Arts &Sciences, Florida State University


8:00am-5:00 pm - Registration

8:30 am-10:00 am - Panel 5A, Mahogany Room

Chair: William J. Cloonan (Florida State University)

  • Anne-Cécile Guilbard (Universités Paris VIII) - « Je ferme les yeux pas les bleus »: pour une esthétique du regard chez Samuel Beckett
  • Karine Germoni (Université de Provence) - Assez ou l'« art et la manière » de générer et combler le(s) manque(s)Etude génétique, linguistique et stylistique

8:30 am-10:00 am - Panel 5B, Gardenia Room

Literature and Drama
Chair: Virginia Osborne (Florida State University)

  • Tomasz Wisniewski (University of Warmia & Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland) - Literary Aspect of Samuel Beckett's Stage Drama
  • Elaine Hewitt (University of Granada) - "Fundamental Sounds (no joke intended)": The New Perspective of Poetical Scansion of Part of Waiting for Godot
  • Antonia Rodríguez-Gago (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) - Space and the Body: Re-membering and Dis-membering the Stage Figure in Beckett's Later Plays

8:30 am-10:00 am - Panel 5C, Azalea Room

Beckett, Joyce, and Ireland
Chair: Suzette Henke (University of Louisville)

  • Katherine Weiss (University of Texas Pan American) - Samuel Beckett's Film: A Tribute to James Joyce
  • Peter Murphy (Thompson Rivers University) - Re-Joyce-ing "Murphy": A Revisionist Reading
  • Emilie Morin (Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland) - Beckett's Drama, Scarcity, and the Irish Literary Revival

10:00 am - 10:30 am - Coffee

10:30 am -11:30 am - Keynote Speaker
Magnolia Room
Chair: Alec G. Hargreaves (Florida State University)

Images et figures dans l'oeuvre de Beckett

Speaker: Bruno Clément (Université de Paris-VIII, Collège international de philosophie)

11:30 am -1:30 pm - Lunch Break

1:30 pm-3:00 pm - Panel 6A, Camellia Room

Beckett, Language, and Cognition
Chair: Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck College, University of London)

  • Andre Fulani (Concordia University) - Two's Company: Wittgenstein and Beckett
  • Elizabeth Barry (University of Warwick) -Agency, Witness and the Middle Voice in Beckett's Theatre
  • Carla Taban (University of Toronto) -Samuel Beckett's "Molloy": Semantic Change and Cognitive Metaphor

1:30 pm-3:00 pm - Panel 6B, Azalea Room

Chair: Dustin Anderson (Florida State university)

  • Ulrika Maude (University of Durham, UK) - "Whole body like gone": Beckett and technology
  • David Pattie (University College Chester, UK) -Coming out of the Dark: Beckett's TV Plays
  • Brian Wall (University of Western Ontario) -Modernist Television: Beckett's " Ghost Trio"

1:30 pm-3:00 pm - Panel 6C, Mahogany Room

Chair: Curt Willits (Florida State University)

  • Steven Barfield (University of Westminster) - Being 'Nothing' : Beckett and 'Self Erasure' in "Worstward Ho"
  • Curt Willits (Florida State University) -"Worstward Ho"'s "Fidelity to Failure": A Blanchovian/Derridean Reading

1:30 pm-3:00 pm - Panel 6D, Gardenia Room

Beckett Directed

  • Mark Batty (University of Leeds, UK) - Roger Blin and Samuel Beckett: A Solidarity of the Meek
  • Johanne Bénard (Queen's University, Canada) -Beckett revisité par Atom Egoyan
  • Brian Leahy Doyle (Lehman College, CUNY) -The Explicit Moment in Samuel Beckett's Rockaby, Ohio Impromptu and Catastrophe

3:00 pm-3.30 pm - Coffee

3:30 pm-5:00 pm - Panel 7, Camellia Room

Beckett and Philosophy
Chair: Richard Begam (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Richard Begam (University of Wisconsin-Madison) - Beckett and the Aesthetics of Interestedness
  • Porter Abbott (University of California-Santa Barbara) -I Am Not a Philosopher

5:00 pm-5:30 pm - Coffee

5:30 pm-6:30 pm - Keynote Speaker
Magnolia Room
Chair: S. E. Gontarski (Florida State University)

Trans-Atlantic Cross-Currents: Beckett, Lieberson and Stravinsky

Speaker: Mary Bryden (Cardiff University, UK)

6:30-10:00 pm - Cash Bar

7:30 pm - Complimentary Buffet Dinner


8:00am-2:00 pm - Registration

8:30 am-10:00 am - Panel 8A, Mahogany Room

La Voix
Chair: William J. Cloonan (Florida State University)

  • Stéphane Inkel (Université du Québec à Montréal) - « Retournes aux maux de ton espèce » La voix, la Langue et l'animal politique de Compagnie
  • Nadia Kamel (University of Minia, Egypt) - Voix et Silence dans l'ouvre de Beckett

8:30 am-10:00 am - Panel 8B, Azalea Room

Beckett's Others
Chair:Cheira Belguellaoui (Florida State University)

  • Beryl Schlossman (Carnegie Mellon University) - Crossing Francophone Boundaries: Beckett's Identities of the Other
  • Natalie Sheehan (University of Cambridge, UK) -Thresholds and Intermediaries: Beckett and the Scapegoat
  • Dan Mellamphy (York University, Toronto, Canada) - A Look Anew at Beckett's Other Peg

8:30 am-10:00 am - Panel 8C, Camellia Room

Chair: Lidan Lin (Indiana University-Purdue University)

  • Brian Richardson (University of Maryland) - Extreme Narration in The Unnamable
  • Timothy Sutton (Managing Editor, JJLS) -'None So Clear': Watt's Postmodern Heterotopia
  • Juliette Taylor (Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds) -Imperfect Mastery? Language learning and error in L'Innommable

10:00 am - 10:30 am - Coffee

10:30 am-12:00 noon - Panel 9A, Azalea Room

Beckett, Neurolinguistics and Language Pathology
Chair: Elizabeth Barry (University of Warwick)

  • Hugh Culik (Ferris State University) - Beckett, Aphasiology and the Crisis of Representation
  • Benjamin Keatinge (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) -Beckett and Language Pathology
  • Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck College) -"What Is the Word": Beckett's Aphasic Modernism.

10:30 am-12:00 noon - Panel 9B, Gardenia Room

Performing Space
Chair: Catherine Minder (Florida State University)

  • Ellen Mease (Grinnell College) - "Courting the Void": Opening the Play's Inner World
  • Andrew Manley (Colorado College) -Performing Beckett: Site Specific Explorations and Adventures
  • Ayech Mahfoudi (University of South Carolina) - Beckett's "Vagrant" Voices: Reclaiming the Dehors in Beckett's Not I, Footfalls, and Rockaby
  • Clark Lunberry (University of North Florida) -Setting an Empty Stage: Proust's Presence in Beckett's Absence

10:30 am-12:00 noon - Panel 9C, Mahogany Room

Molloy, Mercier and Camier
Chair: Jennifer Jeffers (Cleveland State University)

  • Jennifer Jeffers (Cleveland State University) - "Though I was the gentleman": "Molloy"'s Masculinity
  • Kristin Czarnecki (University of Louisville) -"Being as Ill-being": Kristevan Abjection in Beckett's "Molloy"
  • Corinne Scheiner (The Colorado College) - - Far from "No-Man's-Land": Cultural References and Their Translation(s) in Beckett's Mercier et/and Camier

10:30 am-12:00 noon - Panel 9D, Camellia Room

Chair: Dario Del Degan (University of Toronto)

  • Julien Carriere (Louisiana State University - "Happy Days" and the Inferno, Canto X
  • Ioana Sion (University of Toronto, Canada) - Descent to Zero: Godot's Waiting Self in Dante's Waiting Room
  • Dario Del Degan (University of Toronto) - The Portrait of « That Time »

12:00 noon-1:30 pm - Lunch Break

1:30 pm- 3:00 pm - Panel 10A, Gardenia Room

Chair: Lois More Overbeck (Emory University)

  • Lois More Overbeck (Emory University) - The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Perspectives on his Work

1:30 pm- 3:00 pm - Panel 10B, Azalea Room

Chair: Curt Willits (Florida State University)

  • Julien Piat (Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, France) - Syntactical Experimentation and Poetics of "Mal Dire" in Beckett's Trilogy
  • José Francisco Fernandez (University of Almeria, Spain) - Problems With Beckett's Poetics
  • Ilan Safit (Pace University) - A Literature of Movement

1:30 pm- 3:00 pm Panel 10C, Camellia Room

Theater II
Chair: Hersh Zeifman, (York University, Toronto, Canada)

  • Enoch Brater (University of Michigan) - Beckett's Romanticism: That's A Lot of 'Krapp'
  • Hersh Zeifman, (York University, Toronto, Canada) -Staging Sam: Beckett as Dramatic Character.
  • Amanda Tucker (University of Miami) - Beckett's Art of Adaptation : From Strindberg's "The Dance of Death" to Waiting for Godot"
  • Robert Reginio (University of Massachusetts- Amherst) - Testifying Against the Archive: Reading Beckett with Claude Lanzmann's "Shoah"

1:30 pm- 3:00 pm Panel 10D, Mahogany Room

Short Prose
Chair: Brian Finney (California State University-Long Beach)

  • Paul Stewart (Intercollege, Nicosia, Cyprus) - All known: Congruity and Disjunction in reading "Ping"
  • Brian Adler (University of California-Irvine) -Eisenstein Unover: Representations of Montage of Attractions in the Short Fiction Works of Samuel Beckett, paper co-authored by Leah Hoyer (University of California- Los Angeles)
  • Brian Finney (California State University-Long Beach) -The Linguistic Self: Beckett's Last Exploration of the Subject

3:00 pm-3.30 pm - Coffee

3:30 pm-5:00 pm - Panel 11A, Azalea Room

Beckett and Philosophy, Yet Again
Chair: Garin Dowd (Thames Valley University)

  • Garin Dowd (Thames Valley University) - Velocity, visagéité and form: reading Murphy through Spinoza (and after Deleuze)
  • James Lyons (Stanford University) -Exploring the Problematics of Representation in Beckett : the Interaction of Post-Modern Aesthetics and the Energy of Consciousness
  • Michael D'Arcy (University of Western Ontario) -Maimed at the Start: Beckett, Adorno, and the Corruption of Culture
  • Joshua Landy (Stanford University) -Futile Teasers: Beckett, Rorty, and the End of Philosophy

3:30 pm-5:00 pm - Panel 11B, Gardenia Room

Alternate Perspectives
Chair: Eric Prieto (University of California- Santa Barbara)

  • Eric Prieto (University of California- Santa Barbara) - Replacing Beckett
  • Patrick Johnston (Birkbeck College, University of London, UK) -Arriving Early or Coming in Late? On Becoming a Beckettian in Beckett's Centenary Year
  • Claire Norris (Bryant and Stratton College) -"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places": Using Beckett to Endorse Writing as Therapy for Translating the Traumatic

3:30 pm-5:00 pm - Panel 11C, Mahogany Room

Engendrements, images, et morts
Chair: Lori J. Walters (Florida State University)

  • Dominique Rabaté (Université de Bordeaux 3) - Engendrements : du père et du fils chez Samuel Beckett
  • Isabelle Ost (Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgique) -Le langage de l'image : réponse de Beckett au traitement médiatique du visuel, à la lumière d'une rencontre avec Gilles Deleuze
  • Jérôme Letourneur (Independent Scholar) -- Comme ouvert un espace

5:00 pm-5:30 pm - Coffee

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Keynote Speaker
Magnolia Room
Chair: S.E. Gontarski (Florida State University)

Samuel Beckett: The Intricate Web of Life and Work

Speaker: James Knowlson (University of Reading, UK)

6:30 pm-11:30 pm - Cash Bar

7:30 pm - Conference Banquet

Special presentation: Edward Albee, Directing Beckett: An Open Letter


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