Monthly Archives: September 2011

“Centres and Peripheries: Topoi of Culture and Power in Pound’s Thought,” 24th Ezra Pound International Conference, Senate House, London, 5-9 July 2011

A recurring dialectic is established at numerous critical points in Pound’s poetry and prose: between a centre of power and a perceived hostile threat. This structure commonly occurs when Pound is dealing with historical material, especially in the Cantos: Imperial … Continue reading

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“The Digital Arm of the Archive and the Status of Beckett’s Texts,” Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive, York University, 23-26 June 2011

Beckett Studies is cresting a wave brought about by the new availability of significant primary material – particularly the various notebooks and published volumes of letters. This heightened documentary awareness has stimulated renewed attention to text structure, continuities of themes and … Continue reading

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“‘Change all the names’: Revision and Narrative Structure in Samuel Beckett’s Watt,” Storytelling in Literature, Language and Culture, AULLA 36, University of Auckland, 7-9 February 2011

Samuel Beckett’s novel Watt is uniquely positioned in his oeuvre: composed in exile in 1941-45 and first published in 1953, it forecasts the transition from English to French as his preferred language of composition, and signifies a shift from the … Continue reading

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