Beckett & Italy in Reading

FINAL PROGRAMME

Wednesday 6th November

19.00-19.30 Conference Registration

19.30-21.00 Performance
Robert McCrum – An evening presenting new work made at the Samuel Beckett Research Centre, followed by an onstage interview about Beckett and creativity (Samuel Beckett Research Centre Creative Fellow)

Thursday 7th November

9.30-10.00 Conference Registration/Coffee

10.00-10.05 Welcome Address

10.00-11.05 Panel 1: Beckett and Dante (Chair: Antonio Gambacorta)
Tommaso Gennaro, “‘All these Murphys, Molloys and Malones’. Beckett, Dante and the Name of the EveryMan”

Daragh O’Connell, “Beckett’s Exagmination Round Joyce’s Incamination of Dante and Vico”

11.05-11.15 Coffee Break

11.15-12.30 Keynote (Chair: Mario Martino)
Mariacristina Cavecchi (University of Milan), “This Stage is an Art Gallery. Italian Old Masters in Beckett’s Theatre”

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Panel 2: Beckett and Music (Chair: Amin Fatemi)
Catherine Fahy, “‘What, it may be Enquired Was the Music of this Threne?’: Samuel Beckett and the Querelle des Bouffons”

Shane O’Neill, “‘Je n’ai pas envie de chanter ce soir’: A Re-Examination of Beckett’s Operatic Collaboration, Krapp ou la dernière bande

Yuri Chung, “Beckett’s Neither and ‘anti-opera’ in Rome”

15.0-15.15 Coffee Break

15.15-16.15 Panel 3: Beckett, (In)action and Style (Chair: Michela Bariselli)
Nita Bogdan, “Beckett between Bilingualism and Style: a Practical Interpretation of Happy Days

Nguyen Vu, “Climbing. Contemplating… Writing. Performing: from Belacqua’s (in)action to Beckett’s Performative Writing”

16.15-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Roundtable: Teaching Beckett in Italy and in the UK
With: Mario Martino, Davide Crosara, Rossana Sebellin, Matthew McFrederick, William Davies

19.00-20.30 Performance
Tim Parkinson, “string quartet 2019”, premiere by Plus Minus Ensemble. An evening presenting new work made at the Samuel Beckett Research Centre, followed by an onstage interview about Beckett and creativity (Samuel Beckett Research Centre Creative Fellow)

Friday 8th November

9.30-10.00 Conference Registration/Coffee

10.00-11.30 Panel 4: Beckett and Contemporary Italy (Chair: Giovanna Vincenti)
Roberta Cimmino, “The Role of literature in Beckett and Calvino”

Grazia D’Arienzo, “Samuel Beckett on Italian Stages. Intermedial Performances Based on his Prose and Poems”

Melissa Luypaers, “Representing Humour in the Modernist Short Story: Samuel Beckett and Luigi Pirandello”

11.30-11.45 Coffee Break

11.45-13.00 Keynote (Chair: Steven Matthews)
Rossana Sebellin (University of Rome, “Tor Vergata”), “Beckett Resonating in Italy. Which text, whose voice?”

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Panel 5: Beckett and Leopardi (Chair: Davide Crosara)
Will Davies, “Romantic Nothingness: Yeats and Leopardi in Beckett’s ur-Watt

Farhad Merhabi, “In Praise of Suspense: Beckett and Agamben Reading Leopardi”

15.00-15.15 Coffee Break

15.15-16.30 Keynote (Chair: Mark Nixon)
David Houston Jones (University of Exeter), “Beckett and Agamben: in Reticence”

18.00-19.30 Performance
Rosetta Life: “This Here: an exploration of fragility and embodiment amongst stroke survivors”