CCL event this week: ‘Votes for Medea: The British women’s suffrage movement and the classical franchise’

A reminder that the next seminar in the Sing in Me, Muse series is this Thursday, 2 February 2023, at 6.00pm (London time):

Michael Simpson and Barbara Goff, “‘Votes for Medea: The British women’s suffrage movement and the classical franchise”. 

The talk will be in Room 144, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths (Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW). (Click here for directions to Goldsmiths and for a campus map.)

Note that this event will be in person and will not be recorded.

Click here for more information and to register.

This week’s CCL event: The Auto / Bio / Fiction Series, with Anna Borgarello and Riccardo Castellana

A reminder of the next seminar in the Auto / Bio / Fiction series:

Thursday, 26 January 2023, at 5.30pm (London time):

Anna Borgarello, “Of Adventurers and Storytellers: Narrations of the Self and the Other in Via Gemito by Domenico Starnone and Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère”

and

Riccardo Castellana, “Biofiction in Italy: typologies, traditions and reception”

The seminar will be online. Click here for more information and to register (registration is required to receive the zoom link).

 

Marina Warner’s Lecture POSTPONED

With many apologies: due to unforeseen circumstances, Marina Warner’s Annual Lecture, “Viral Spiral: Multiple Shape-Shifting from Ovid to Covid”, due to be delivered tonight at 6.15pm UK time, has had to be postponed to a date to be confirmed.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Very best wishes from the CCL

CCL events this week: Marina Warner’s Annual Lecture and the London Beckett Seminar

Welcome back to the CCL for the Spring term events, and happy 2023!

A reminder of the two events scheduled for this week:

On Thursday 19 January 2023, at 6.15pm, Marina Warner gives the inaugural Annual Lecture ‘Viral Spiral: Multiple Shape-shifting from Ovid to Covid‘. Click on the title for more information and links to register to attend (in person or online).

On Friday 20 January 2023, at 6pm, the London Beckett Seminar also resumes, hosting Dr Marco Bernini (Durham University), with a talk on “Beckett and the Apparent Self: Awakenings, Predictions, Protentions”

To attend, please register by email.

CCL events this week: The Auto / Bio / Fiction Series and the London Beckett Seminar

A reminder of two events scheduled for this week:

The next seminar in the Auto / Bio / Fiction series is this Thursday, 15 December 2022, at 5.30pm (London time):

Laura Cernat, ‘Portraits of the Artist’s Wife in a Slanted Mirror: Reader, Mother, Lover, Sorceress’ and Varsha Panjwani, ‘The Many Lives of Judith Shakespeare: Feminist Life-Writings’.

Click here for more information and to register (registration is required to receive the zoom link).

 

On Friday 16 December 2022, at 6pm, the London Beckett Seminar will host Prof Pascale Sardin (Université Bordeaux Montaigne), with the paper “Feelgood Godot? A Discussion of Emmanuel Courcol’s Un triomphe(The Big Hit)”.

To attend, please register by email.

CCL events this week: Imagined Authors: Reading the Homeric Question in Joyce’s Ulysses

A reminder of the events scheduled for this week:

The next seminar in the Sing in Me, Muse series is this Thursday, 8 December 2022, at 6.00pm (London time):

Sophie Corser, ‘Imagined Authors: Reading the Homeric Question in Joyce’s Ulysses’

The talk will be in person at Goldsmiths (Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW), in the Professor Stuart Hall Building, Room 326, and will be followed by a reception (room 314). We shall also stream the event for those unable to attend in person. A link will be sent shortly before the start.

Click here for more information and to register.

CCL events this week: The Auto / Bio / Fiction Series and the London Beckett Seminar

A reminder of two events scheduled for this week:

The next seminar in the Auto / Bio / Fiction series is this Thursday, 17 November 2022, at 5.30pm (London time):

Hywel Dix, ‘Autofiction and Cultural Memory’ and Hanna Meretoja, ‘Metanarrative Life-Writing: Intersections of Life and Narrative in Autofiction and Biofiction’.

Click here for more information and to register (registration is required to receive the zoom link).

 

On Friday 18 November 2022, at 6pm, as part of the London Beckett Seminar, Dr Michael Krimper (Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University) will present the paper “The Insurgent Art of Failure: Beckett, Sade and the Lost Volume of Transition”.

To attend, please register by email.

Reminder: First Sing in Me, Muse seminar today: Abigail Ardelle Zammit

A reminder that the first seminar in the Sing in me, Muse: The Classical, the Critical, and the Creative is tonight at 5.30 GMT.

Poet Abigail Ardelle Zammit will read from her work in progress #wearedaphne and discuss how she has adopted hybridity and erasure as a vehicle for dissent. Her dialogue with Ovid’s Metamorphoses employs the violence of the blackout technique as literary tool and political commentary, selecting and obscuring words from Ovid’s tales – most noticeably from Daphne’s transformation into a tree – to retell the events leading to and following the assassination of the controversial Maltese investigative journalist Daphna Caruana Galizia.

Click here for more information and for the booking link – registration is required to receive the zoom link to attend.

 

Reminder: First Auto / Bio / Fiction seminar today: Michael Lackey and Jenny Rademacher

A reminder that the first seminar in the Auto / Bio / Fiction series is today at 5.30pm UK time:

Michael Lackey, “Zora Neale Hurston and Thomas Mann: Moses Biofictions as Political Interventions” and Jenny Rademacher, “Derivative Lives: 21st Century Spanish Biofictions in Speculative Times”. Click here for more info and for the booking link – registration is required to receive the zoom link (please register by 5pm)

 

2022-23 Programme of the London Beckett Seminar

The programme of the London Beckett Seminar has been published on our website. The next seminar will take place tomorrow, 21 October, at 6-7pm (BST):

Dr Hannah Simpson (The University of Edinburgh), “Samuel Beckett and Disability Performance”

To receive a link to attend, please email londonbeckettseminar@gmail.com.

Details below, with our best wishes – enjoy it!

 

Dr Hannah Simpson (The University of Edinburgh), “Samuel Beckett and Disability Performance”

Samuel Beckett’s plays have attracted a striking range of disability performances—that is, performances that cast disabled actors, regardless of whether their roles are explicitly described as “disabled” in the text. What is it about Beckett’s stage plays that attracts disability performance? What does a performance that translates a Beckett script in explicitly disabled terms do to our understanding of that text, or to our understanding of Beckett’s work more broadly? Or, more specifically: what do such performances reveal about these playtexts’ persistent concern with the conditions of embodied existence, and with the impaired body and mind?

Drawing on my new monograph, Samuel Beckett and Disability Performance, this talk addresses these questions with reference to historic and contemporary disability performances of Beckett’s work, and a new theorising of Beckett’s “disability aesthetic”. Hanna Marron as Winnie (Happy Days, dir. Michael Guvrin, 1985), Harold Pinter as Krapp (Krapp’s Last Tape, dir. Ian Rickson, 2006), Nabil Shaban and Garry Robson, and Dan Moran and Chris Jones as Hamm and Clov (Endgame, dir. Robert Rae, 2007, and Joe Grifasi, 2012), Jess Thom as Mouth (Not I, dir. Matthew Pountney, 2017), and Tommy Jessop and Otto Baxter as Vladimir and Estragon (Waiting for Godot, dir. Sam Curtis Lindsay and Daniel Vais, 2018): these productions emphasise or rework previously undetected indicators of disability in Beckett’s work. More broadly, they reveal how Beckett’s theatre compulsively interrogates alternative embodiments, unexpected forms of agency, and the extraordinary social interdependency of the human body.

HANNA SIMPSON is Lecturer in Drama and Performance in the Department of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She previously served as the first Rosemary Pountney Junior Research Fellow in British and European Theatre at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. She is the author of Samuel Beckett and the Theatre of the Witness: Pain in Post-War Francophone Drama (Oxford University Press, 2022) and Samuel Beckett and Disability Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022). She is also Theatre Review Editor for The Beckett Circle and welcomes contact from anyone interested in reviewing for us.