Workshop : 10 February 2010 01:01

'Columns, Grottos, Niches: The Grammar of Forms' On Art Criticism, Writing, Publishing and Distribution' : On Literarity: A workshop on Samuel Beckett's Writings

Mikkel Astrup, a Research Fellow at the University of Oslo in the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, organises a workshop on the prose of Samuel Beckett: In an increasingly plastic life, challenged by sophisticated intellectual control, biochemistry and genetics alike, what are the criteria for a literary subgenre that can do justice to this situation? This workshop will explore this by revisiting the plastic qualities of Samuel Beckett's prose. Beckett's literature is singular in its use of socio-cultural and physical resistances to articulation. His frequent reversals of historical and socio-cultural impact, from signification to psychophysical imprints, were seen as comical obstacles to expression in his own time. In the contemporary context, the interest of his writing might reside in the capacity his techniques have to expand the realm of creative linguistic composition. The discussion will draw on selected texts by Beckett, theoretical texts, literary samples and works of J.M. Coetzee and Bruce Nauman.