The Department of English presents a lecture by James McNaughton (4 pm, Sept. 24, 2018).
The Department of English presents a lecture by James McNaughton University of Alabama
Samuel Beckett and the Politics of Aftermath: Endgame and Famine Politics
4 pm, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
Troy Moore Library, 25 Park Place, 23rd Floor
Samuel Beckett and the Politics of Aftermath (Oxford UP, 2018) disrupts Beckett studies by demonstrating how Beckett’s most robust aesthetic innovations ironically engage specific political strategies, rhetoric, and events. In his lecture, McNaughton will show that Beckett observed how Nazi propaganda employed catastrophic threats of starvation and saving prophesies of plenitude to justify atrocity. Beckett has Endgame perform the aftermath of these strategies to broaden debates about what counts as genocide postwar, to source recent starvation policies in European imperialism, and to extend James Joyce’s indictment of literary complicity.
James McNaughton is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama. Indebted to archival research, McNaughton’s work examines the intersections among history, politics, and modernist aesthetics. His areas of specialty include twentieth-century Irish writing, British and Irish poetry, and international modernisms.
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