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november, 2017

14nov5:30 pmA Body of Becketts: A Mini-Seminar with Lisa Dwan


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Meeting times: Tuesdays (4 sessions) Nov 14, 28, Dec 5 and 12, 5:30pm

This mini-seminar explores Samuel Beckett’s work and the development of a voice, style, and ethos that we now commonly refer to as Beckettian.

It will serve not only as an introduction to Beckett’s œuvre by renowned interpreter Lisa Dwan, but it will also provide a clear insight into Beckett’s ethos, demonstrating a steady poetical trajectory from the early influence of Joyce and other modernists of this time, to the development of his own metaphysical voice and aesthetic vision, to the lean poetics of his late works.
Providing historic and personal insight into the roles he created for women and his genderless “crones,” the seminar, interwoven throughout with performances by Dwan and others includes interviews & insights from Beckett’s muses (actors Billie Whitelaw, Barry McGovern, Jack McGowran, among others)  on what it cost to explore such insights of Beckett’s battle with the body and his efforts to capture the mind on stage and on the page. As we look at each body of work, the class will also examine the influence of Carravagio, Giacometti, Milton, Dante, Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Dance & Dance notation, the Bible, Carl Jung, as well as socio – political contexts.

The four sessions aim to fully immerse us into the trajectory of Beckett’s work and provide greater understanding of where the artist was headed.

In the final class people will be invited to imagine where his work may have further evolved had it not being cut short by the brevity of life. Students, faculty, and others are welcome to attend.

RSVP is required, please RSVP Space is limited.


(Tuesday) 5:30 pm

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