Links to Academic Papers and Essays about Beckett
These links are all to various papers and essays written about Beckett and his work and placed online for general perusal. Most of these links will take you to another site, but a few of them are online here at Apmonia. They are organized in four groupings: General Beckett Papers, Fiction & Novels, Major Dramas, and Other Plays and Short Works. Some of these papers are student papers, some are academic dissertations, and some are the works of independent scholars. Because of this wide range, we have tried to indicate the general nature of each paper. At the end we furnish a few links to other collections of online papers.
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General Beckett Papers
A paper about the experience of slowness. Written for and first given at the Critical Beckett conference organized by the School of French Studies of the University of Birmingham, 26 September 1998; now online at the authors homepage.
Beckett and Bion
An essay on Becketts period of psychoanalysis with Wilfred Bion. Written for and first given at the Beckett and London conference at Goldsmiths College, London in 1998; now online at the authors homepage.
A comparison of Samuel Beckett and American conceptual artist Bruce Nauman. Written for the catalogue of the exhibition Samuel Beckett, Bruce Nauman (Vienna: Kunsthalle Wien, 2000); now online at the authors homepage.
French Feminists and Anglo-Irish Modernists: Cixous, Kristeva, Beckett and Joyce
A look at the work of Beckett and Joyce through the lens of French feminism.
A look at the anxiety of influence Joyce might have exerted upon his younger friend. From NTRY 1.2: literary e-zine.
Samuel Beckett and Jonathan Swift: Toward a Comparative Study
An English translation of a 1962 paper originally written in French, this work examines the many similarities in the writings of Beckett and Swift.
Revising Himself: Performance as Text in Samuel Becketts Theatre
Gontarski, Stanley E.
Originally appearing in the Journal of Modern Literature, Volume 22, Number 1, this paper examines Becketts transformation from playwright to theatrical artist. Online at the JML homepage.
Gontarski, Stanley E.
Originally appearing in Twentieth Century Literature, v. 41 (Summer 95) p. 190-207, this is an analysis of the inept editing and numerous publication blunders to which Samuel Becketts work has been subjected. It is online at the authors homepage.
Beckett and Foucault: Some Affinities
Originally published in Central Japan English Studies, English Literary Society of Japan, Chubu, Vol. 15 (1996) 55-68; now online at Bohemian Ink.
Beckett’s Comic Silence in the Plays of Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard
An exploration of the function of silence in creating comedy in the plays of Beckett and a study of how that technique is adapted by Pinter and Stoppard. (PDF)
New! Schopenhauer Meets Beckett’s Leading Men: The Will-Less Aspect as Performed by Queer Sexuality and Involuntary Memory
This paper focuses on the presence of Schopenhauer’s will-less aspect in Samuel Beckett’s major dramatic work. (PDF)
The Subjective Imperative of Voice: Reflections on Samuel Beckett
This paper looks at the different voices found in Becketts text, arguing that the authors goal is to turn us away, briefly, from all the contrived voices, full of heat and fury, that speak the fundamental babble of denial and distraction. Located on the authors homepage.
Beckettian Drama as Protest: A Postmodern Examination of the Delogocentering of Language
”You must go on...” Jennifer Martin discusses Beckett’s creation of an active readership; that is, how Beckett forces his readers to become actively engaged in the text through his continual deferral of meaning, and his presentation of an open hermeneutic system.
The Absurdity of Samuel Beckett
This hypertexted dissertation is online at the Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies.
But Not In the Eye: Becketts Comedy
Essayist and critic Fintan OToole examines the nature of Becketts humor.
There is no escape from the hours and the days.: The Goings-on of Samuel Beckett
A perceptive student paper with copious, hyper-lined footnotes. Online at The Kings School of Gloucester.
From Beckett to Stoppard: Existentialism, Death, and Absurdity
A paper with a fairly self-explanatory title, it resides on the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.
Beckett, Openness, and Experimental Cinema
Complete with images and links, this examination of Becketts influence on postmodern film and video art is maintained at the authors homepage.
Beckett, Negativity and Cultural Value
This paper looks at the negativity permeating Becketts work. Online at the Social Justice, Social Judgement Conference homepage.
Becketts Middle Period: Authority, The Quest and Dualism
This paper takes a philosophical look at themes in Watt, The Trilogy and Waiting for Godot.
Acting at the nerve ends: Beckett, Blau, and the Necessary
Zarrilli, Phillip B.
From the Johns Hopkins University Press Theatre Topics 7.2 (1997) 103-116 now residing at the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.
Fiction & Novels
The Narrative Paradox
A discussion of the virus of nothingness in Becketts Watt. From Issue 2000 of The Anachronist.
Samuel Becketts Postmodern Fictions
Finney, Robert M.
First published in The Columbia History of the British Novel, this essay looks at the Becketts entire fictional output. Now online at the authors homepage.
Murphys Aporia: An Examination of the Spaces of Desire as Structured Absences in Samuel Becketts Murphy
An Lacanian analysis of desire and the notion of self in Murphy.
Luckys Bones: A Sense of Starvation in Watt ,Waiting for Godot and Oliver Twist
Keller, John Robert
From the Hyperlink Journal for Psychological Study of the Arts, this paper takes a psychoanalytical look at Watt and Godot.
The Beckett Trilogy
An undergraduate paper discussing Becketts trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. Online at the Princess Grace Irish Library.
Major Dramas: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days
No Symbol Where None Intended: A Study of Symbolism and Allusion in Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot
An examination of the symbolism in Waiting for Godot.
Beckett and Brecht: Keeping the Endgame at a Distance
An examination of Brechts alienation effect at play in Endgame. Online at Concordia College.
Becketts Godot: A Bundle of Broken Mirrors
Lane, Robert D.
This lecture, delivered at the 1996 North American Beckett Festival, looks at the metaphysics inherent in Godots structure and character interactions. Online at Malaspina University.
The Second Coming and Mr. Godot
A lively undergraduate paper submitted for a contemporary drama class, Miller reads Godot as parable of Christs return or lack of it. Once online at the authors homepage, it now resides on the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.
Essay on Waiting for Godot
A student essay on the existential nature and bleak outlook of Godot. Online at the Hewlitt Schools homepage.
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down: Ropes, Belts, and Cords in Waiting for Godot
Schonfeld, Roger C.
A brief undergraduate paper on the bindings and interrelationships found in Godot. Once online at Yale University, now held at the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.
Essay on Waiting for Godot
A short, student essay on the meaning(lessness) of Godot. Online at Brad Colbournes literary homepage.
The Concept of Time and Space in Becketts Dramas: Happy Days and Waiting for Godot
An analysis of Becketts major dramas. Once online at Hunkuk University in Seoul, it now resides on the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.
Christs Body of Evidence
This undergraduate essay speculates that Lucky is a symbol for Christ. Once online at Yale University, now held at the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.
Waiting for Godot and Endgame: Theater as Text
An argument for Beckett as a founder of postmodernism, this paper demonstrates how Beckett used drama to undermine authorial power. Online at the Cyber University of Kavil
Other Plays and Short Works
A Discussion of That Time
An examination of That Time, laid out as a Web page and organized by theme.
To and Fro in Shadow: Not I
This essay looks at the way Beckett arranges the theatrical elements of Not I to further call into question the ambiguous nature of the self.
The True-Real Woman: Maddy Rooney as Picara in All That Fall
From Assaph C: Studies in the Theatre, No. 11. A post-feminist analaysis of Becketts radio play, All That Fall. Located at the Assaph archives, Tel Aviv University.
New! The Century of Beckett: Works for Radio
Cohen, Mark Daniel
From Hyperion Vol. II, Issue 1, February 2007. A meditation on Beckett and Samuel Beckett: Works for Radio: The Original Broadcasts, published by the British Library.
The Pornographic Imagination in All Strange Away
From Modern Fiction Studies 41.3-4 (1995) 515-530, and online at their site.
Between Contiguous Extremes: Beckett and Brunonian Minimalism, with reference to The Lost Ones.
Originally published in Reports of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Shizuoka University (Japan), Vol. 30, No. 1 (1994); now online at Bohemian Ink.
Act of Creation in Becketts Catastrophe
Originally published in Reports of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Shizuoka University (Japan), Vol. 31 (September 1995); now online at Bohemian Ink.
Becketts A Piece of Monologue
Hwa Soon Kim.
A look at Monologue through Coleridges poetics. Online at the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.
The Silence That Is Not Silence: Acoustic Art in Samuel Becketts Embers
Marjorie Perloff, author of Postmodern Genres, looks at the spatial concepts and aesthetics of Becketts radio play Embers. Located on the authors homepage.
Sublime Supplements: Beckett and the Fizzling Out of Meaning
A look at the notions of meaning, memory, and comprehension in Becketts fragmentary Fizzles.
Textual Cinema and Cinematic Text: The Ekphrasis of Movement in Adam Thorpe and Samuel Beckett
Pucnher, H. Martin
An analysis of Thorpes Still and Becketts Film.
Drama, Criticism and Manifesto: Becketts Three Dialogues with Georges Duthuit
An examination of Becketts non-fictional Three Dialogues... and its “characters” B. and D.
Other Online Collections
There are a few other sites around the Internet that collect Beckett papers, many which focus on a special interest. While most of these Web sites may be accessed through Apmonias Links page, we have included some here for easy reference.
The Journal of Beckett Studies Dozens of additional Beckett-related papers are online at the Journals homepage.
The Samuel Beckett On-Line Resources and Links Page This page boasts a massive constellation of Beckett links, including dozens of links to Beckett articles and papers.