Monday, January 12, 2015

Professor's Corner: Beckett at Play

Playwright Samuel Beckett.  Photograph by Bob Adelman/Corbis courtesy of The Guardian.
The next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics, is coming soon.  Join us on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 for Beckett at Play featuring works of playwright Samuel Beckett. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to all.  

THIS SESSION

Beckett at Play

ABOUT THIS SESSION

Samuel Beckett forever changed the landscape of playwriting with the debut of Waiting for Godot.  Representing many of the most important cultural currents of the 20th century, Beckett’s work embraced existentialist philosophy, absurdist drama and high-modernist experimentation.  Among these concepts, though, it is easy to lose track of one of the most important ideas in Beckett’s work: the role of play.  Play for Beckett was so much more than role-play or language games; it was a way of experimenting with the world and the many contingent arrangements that could be found in life.  We will look at two works by Beckett, Endgame and Play, and the way in which Beckett expands our notion of play through his work.  As Hamm says at the start of Endgame, “Me . . . to play.”     

WHEN & WHERE

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection.  A Google map and directions are available here.)

COST
This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

SPEAKER
This session's presenter is Dr. Patrick Bynane, Associate Professor of Drama at TWU; he is also the Program Director for Drama there.  Dr. Bynane received his Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism from Louisiana State University.  His research focused on Irish and Irish-American identity and the ways in which performance shaped and created such identity.  Dr. Bynane has presented at the Mid-America Theatre Conference; the Southeastern Theatre Conference; and the Associaton of Theatre in Higher Education Conference on varied topics including Irish theatre, improvisation, online pedagogy and Beckett. He is also a professional actor.


READINGS FOR THIS SESSION (OPTIONAL) 
Background on Samuel Beckett is available here.  Cascando, and Other Short Dramatic Pieces is recommended but not required.

THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by featuring local English professors who talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Gatherings are usually on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.  Monthly announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list send a request to Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library at Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com.

STILL TO COME: PROFESSOR'S CORNER 2014-15
February 11, 2015:  Fire in the Sky: The Frightful Appearance of Comets in Literature (Dr. Brian Fehler, Speaker)
March 11, 2015:  Shakespeare's King Lear in Adaptation (Dr. Ashley Bender, Speaker)
April 8, 2015:  The Legends of King Arthur (Dr. Matthew Brown, Speaker)
May 13, 2015:  It's Epic! Derek Walcott’s Omeros (Dr. Carl Smeller, Speaker)

SERIES COORDINATOR

Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library.  Reach him at Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com or 940-349-8752. 
SERIES PRODUCER
Dr. Stephen Souris of Texas Woman’s University.  Reach him at SSouris@twu.edu or 940-898-2343.

THANK YOU TO THESE SUPPORTERS OF THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
Many thanks to Denton Public LibraryVoertman'sRecycled Books Records CDs, and Cooper’s Copies and Printing for their support.  This program was also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We hope to see you there.


~Dr. Stephen Souris

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