This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.
Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.
Beckett, The Breath and The Choreographic
In the sixth event of the Arts of Breath series Prof Susan Jones considers how Samuel Beckett turned to the choreographic to understand and express the workings of the breath and the “happiness” of the void.
Beckett’s engagement with choreography has a long history, but this discussion explores Beckett’s preoccupation with the “last breath”, the compulsion to move, and ultimate cessation of movement, in a group of late prose texts and dramatic work including “Ill Seen Ill Said”, “The Way”, “Ceiling”, “Worstward Ho”, and dramas such as Quad and Ohio Impromptu.
Susan Jones is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Hilda’s College. She is founder and director of Dance Scholarship Oxford and author of Literature, Modernism, and Dance. She was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship 2017-18 to work on Samuel Beckett and choreography.
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We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Find out more on our Events page.
Many of our public lectures, seminars and conferences are recorded, and can be listened to as podcasts.
- 20th January 2021
- Sensory Experiments in Nineteenth-Century Literature
- Online (Zoom)
- Dr Erica Fretwell (University of Albany) and Dr Shannon Draucker (Siena College)