In their presentation, Professor Dirk Van Hulle and Dr. Mark Nixon will discuss Samuel Beckett's Library and Manuscripts in a two-art lecture. The first part will examine the reading notes and marginalia contained in the books of Beckett's surviving library. The second will focus on the relationship between Beckett's marginalia, manuscripts, and the extended mind, providing a genetic approach to narrative theory.
Dirk Van Hulle is a professor of English literature at the University of Antwerp (Centre for Manuscript Genetics), and is the author of Textual Awareness (2004), Manuscript Genetics, Joyce's Know-How, Beckett's Nohow (2008), and Darwins kadjes (2010). Additionally, he is president of the European Society for Textual Scholarship.
Mark Nixon is director of the Beckett International Foundation and serves as the University of Reading's Beckett Fellow. He is the author of Samuel Beckett's "German Diaries" and is president elect of the Samuel Beckett Society (acting president 2013-14).
Together, Van Hulle and Nixon have been editors of the Journal of Beckett Studies and Samuel Beckett/Aujourd'hui. They are co-directors of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, and their co-authored book, Samuel Beckett's Library, is forthcoming from Cambridge.
This event is co-sponsored with OSU Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Department and the Division of the Arts and Humanities.