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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

Slow Going
Connor, Steven
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 author’s homepage.

Beckett and Bion
Connor, Steven
An essay on Beckett’s 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 author’s homepage.

Shifting Ground
Connor, Steven
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 author’s homepage.

French Feminists and Anglo-Irish Modernists: Cixous, Kristeva, Beckett and Joyce
Birkett, Jennifer
A look at the work of Beckett and Joyce through the lens of French feminism.

Beckett Bethicketted
Dilks, Stephen
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
Fletcher, John
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 Beckett’s Theatre
Gontarski, Stanley E.
Originally appearing in the Journal of Modern Literature, Volume 22, Number 1, this paper examines Beckett’s “transformation from playwright to theatrical artist.” Online at the JML homepage.

Editing Beckett
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 Beckett’s work has been subjected.” It is online at the author’s homepage.

Beckett and Foucault: Some Affinities
Guest, Michael.
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
Harbin, Leigh
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
LaMont, Hillary
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
Lukehart, Robert.
This paper looks at the different “voices” found in Beckett’s text, arguing that the author’s 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 author’s homepage.

Beckettian Drama as Protest: A Postmodern Examination of the “Delogocentering” of Language
Martin, Jennifer
”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
Navratilova, Eva
This hypertexted dissertation is online at the Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies.

But Not In the Eye: Beckett’s Comedy
O’Toole, Fintan
Essayist and critic Fintan O’Toole examines the nature of Beckett’s humor.

“There is no escape from the hours and the days.”: The ‘Goings-on’ of  Samuel Beckett
Parfitt, David
A perceptive student paper with copious, hyper-lined footnotes. Online at The King’s School of Gloucester.

From Beckett to Stoppard: Existentialism, Death, and Absurdity
Petty, Ryan
A paper with a fairly self-explanatory title, it resides on the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.

Beckett, Openness, and Experimental Cinema
Schell, Michael
Complete with images and links, this examination of Beckett’s influence on postmodern film and video art is maintained at the author’s homepage.

Beckett, Negativity and Cultural Value
Smith, Russel
This paper looks at the “negativity” permeating Beckett’s work. Online at the Social Justice, Social Judgement Conference homepage.

Beckett’s Middle Period: Authority, The Quest and Dualism
Tucker, David
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
Dragomán, György
A discussion of the “virus of nothingness” in Beckett’s Watt. From Issue 2000 of The Anachronist.

Samuel Beckett’s Postmodern Fictions
Finney, Robert M.
First published in The Columbia History of the British Novel, this essay looks at the Beckett’s entire fictional output. Now online at the author’s homepage.

Murphy’s Aporia: An Examination of the Spaces of Desire as Structured Absences in Samuel Beckett’s Murphy
Foster, Wendy
An Lacanian analysis of desire and the notion of self in Murphy.

Lucky’s 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
Mills, Karen
An undergraduate paper discussing Beckett’s 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 Beckett’s Waiting for Godot
Gurnow, Michael
An examination of the symbolism in Waiting for Godot.

Beckett and Brecht: Keeping the Endgame at a Distance
Hatzenbeller, Jodi
An examination of Brecht’s “alienation effect” at play in Endgame. Online at Concordia College.

Beckett’s 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 Godot’s structure and character interactions. Online at Malaspina University.

The Second Coming and Mr. Godot
Miller, Jeffrey
A lively undergraduate paper submitted for a contemporary drama class, Miller reads Godot as parable of Christ’s return – or lack of it. Once online at the author’s homepage, it now resides on the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.

Essay on Waiting for Godot
Peake, Jak
A student essay on the existential nature and bleak outlook of Godot. Online at the Hewlitt School’s 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
Sinclair, Michael
A short, student essay on the meaning(lessness) of Godot. Online at Brad Colbourne’s literary homepage.

The Concept of Time and Space in Beckett’s Dramas: Happy Days and Waiting for Godot
Sohn, Dong-Ho
An analysis of Beckett’s major dramas. Once online at Hunkuk University in Seoul, it now resides on the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.

Christ’s Body of Evidence
Tigani, Greg.
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
Worton, Michael.
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
Appel, Aaron.
An examination of That Time, laid out as a Web page and organized by theme.

To and Fro in Shadow: Not I
Ballantine, Tia
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
Bryant-Bertail, Sarah.
From Assaph C: Studies in the Theatre, No. 11. A post-feminist analaysis of Beckett’s 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
Fraser, Graham.
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.
Guest, Michael.
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 Beckett’s Catastrophe
Guest, Michael.
Originally published in Reports of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Shizuoka University (Japan), Vol. 31 (September 1995); now online at Bohemian Ink.

Beckett’s A Piece of Monologue
Hwa Soon Kim.
A look at Monologue through Coleridge’s poetics. Online at the Beckett Online Resources and Links Page.

The Silence That Is Not Silence: Acoustic Art in Samuel Beckett’s Embers
Perloff, Marjorie.
Marjorie Perloff, author of Postmodern Genres, looks at the spatial concepts and aesthetics of Beckett’s radio play Embers. Located on the author’s homepage.

Sublime Supplements: Beckett and the “Fizzling Out” of Meaning
Pireddu, Nicoletta
A look at the notions of meaning, memory, and comprehension in Beckett’s fragmentary Fizzles.

Textual Cinema and Cinematic Text: The Ekphrasis of Movement in Adam Thorpe and Samuel Beckett
Pucnher, H. Martin
An analysis of Thorpe’s Still and Beckett’s Film.

Drama, Criticism and Manifesto: Beckett’s Three Dialogues with Georges Duthuit
Stewart, Paul
An examination of Beckett’s “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 Apmonia’s “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 Journal’s 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.


–Allen B. Ruch
& Tim Conley

7 June 2007


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