AJ24049 Samuel Beckett in Context

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 3 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
James Joseph Little, M.Phil., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Thu 10:50–12:25 G31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
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Course objectives
This course will analyse Samuel Beckett’s work as a poet, critic, prose writer and dramatist for stage, screen and radio, addressing some of the central debates in Beckett criticism. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with major texts in Beckett’s canon as well as key theoretical, philosophical and methodological debates surrounding the study of his work. We will also examine some of Beckett’s compositional manuscripts and the discuss the impact that the publication of such material is having on Beckett studies.
  • Week 1 Introduction: Beckett reading philosophy; philosophers reading Beckett
    Week 2 Beckett the critic: Proust and Three Dialogues with Georges Duthuit
    Week 3 Beckett the poet: ‘Gnome’; ‘Cascando’; ‘Dieppe’; ‘my way is in the sand flowing’; ‘what would I do without this world’
    Week 4 Beckett’s prose (1): Watt
    Week 5 Beckett’s prose (2): The Unnamable
    Week 6 Beckett in space: Waiting for Godot
    Week 7 Historicising Beckett: Endgame
    Week 8 Beckett’s media: Cascando; Not I*; Quad
    Week 9 Beckett’s prose (3): Imagination Dead Imagine; The Lost Ones
    Week 10 Performing Beckett: Footfalls; Rockaby
    Week 11 Political Beckett: Catastrophe; What Where

    *Please watch the BBC version of Not I (first broadcast 1976), available on YouTube.

    NOTE: There will be no class on 26 October. This class has been rescheduled for Thursday 16 November (during Reading Week) at the same time (10:50–12:25) in the same classroom (G31).
Assessment methods
Students will be assessed on an end-of-term essay of 2,500 words, written according to a recognised style guide of their choice. (The MHRA Style Guide is available here: www.mhra.org.uk/pdf/MHRA-Style-Guide-3rd-Edn.pdf.) Active participation in class discussion required in order to receive a credit for the course.
Language of instruction
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Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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