[Msa-discuss] CFP: Beckett in Post-War France

Limit(e) Beckett limitebeckett at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 13:57:28 EDT 2011


*Beckett in Post-War France*

The intellectual, social and political climate of post-war France was
explosive. From Charles de Gaulle to the May ’68 protests, from Bataille
and Blanchot to existentialism and the difficult post-war reception of
Heidegger, from the painful legacy of the war to the slow trickle of
revelations about the Holocaust, from the Nouveau Roman and Oulipo to the
Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus, it was a period of experimentation and
despair, in which the desire for renewal was balanced against the
impossibility of moving beyond the recent past. This is the climate in
which Samuel Beckett wrote his most famous works, the mature fiction and
drama that would win him the Nobel Prize in 1969 and establish his
reputation as one of the most influential writers of this period.
Nonetheless, Beckett’s relationship to the political, intellectual and
artistic climate of the period remains under-explored.

   The publication of the second volume of Beckett’s letters, covering the
period from 1941 to 1956, offers an exciting opportunity to revisit this
relationship in the light of the new evidence it provides about his
relationships, his thinking, even his handling of practical and
administrative tasks. To coincide with their publication, *Limit(e) B*eckett
seeks articles that situate Beckett in relation to any aspect of post-war
France, with or without reference to the letters. We are looking for papers
that explore both the historical conditions under which Beckett wrote, and
the conditions that determine how the texts were read. We encourage
contributions from a variety of perspectives, from the archival to the
theoretical, from the biographical to the critical, from the comparative to
the contextual. Suggestions for topics include but are not limited to:

-  Beckett’s relationship to post-war French thought;

-  Beckett’s engagement with post-war French politics, up to and including
May ’68;

-  the residue of war in Beckett’s fiction and plays;

-  re-evaluations of Beckett’s relationship to existentialism and
‘absurdism’;

-  Beckett and the Holocaust;

-  Beckett’s relationship to the Paris art scene, and to new developments
in the arts;

-  the production history of the plays in the context of the French theatre
world;

-  translation, self-translation, the turn to French, and the politics of
language in post-war France;

-  Beckett’s importance for structuralism, post-structuralism and ‘French
theory’;

-  Beckett’s relationship to post-war French literature;

-  the rejection of Ireland and/or its persistence in his work.

Submissions should be sent to limitebeckett at gmail.com by *14 February, 2012*.
Articles should conform to the guidelines set out on our website, and will
be subject to peer review.

   Please note that *Limit(e) Beckett* is now also accepting unthemed
submissions on any scholarly topic relating to Beckett. Completed articles
should be sent to limitebeckett at gmail.com. There is no deadline for these,
and articles will be reviewed as they are received, with accepted
submissions published in the next available issue.

    For further information or to read the journal, please visit
http://limitebeckett.paris-sorbonne.fr/.
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