S.E. Gontarski lecture and a performance at the Beckett Theatre during a previous Summer School
S.E. Gontarski lecture and a performance at the Beckett Theatre during a previous Summer School

2012 speakers included:

braterNewSmEnoch Brater

is the Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Dramatic Literature & Professor of English and Theater at the University of Michigan. His main works on Beckett include Beyond Minimalism: Beckett’s Late Style in the Theater (1987), The Drama in the Text: Beckett’s Late Fiction (1994), and, most recently, 10 Ways of Thinking about Samuel Beckett (2011).

terence brownTerence Brown

is Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin. He has published extensively on Irish literature and cultural history. The third edition of his book Ireland: A Social and Cultural History was published in 2004. His most recent book is The Literature of Ireland: Culture and Criticism (2010).


andrew gibson2Andrew Gibson

is Research Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has worked for many years and published extensively on Samuel Beckett. In particular, in recent years, he has been thinking about the relationship between Beckett’s work and that of contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou and has also written a short biography, Samuel Beckett: A Critical Life, published by Reaktion Books.

j-heron-2Jonathan Heron

is the Artistic Director, Fail Better Productions and IATL Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick. His recent work as a theatre director has included Diary of a Madman/Discords (Warwick Arts Centre), The Nativity (Pegasus Oxford), Stasis: Beckett Shorts (Oxford Playhouse) and Play without a Title (Belgrade Coventry).


sean kennedySeán Kennedy

is Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Irish Studies at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the editor of Beckett in Ireland and, with Katherine Weiss, Samuel Beckett: History, Memory, Archive. he is currently working on a book, Beckett and the Big House.


declan kiberdDeclan Kiberd

is the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. A leading international authority on the literature of Ireland, both in English and Irish, Kiberd has authored scores of articles and many books, including Synge and the Irish LanguageMen and Feminism in Irish LiteratureIrish ClassicsThe Irish Writer and the WorldInventing Ireland, and, most recently, Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce’s Masterpiece (2009).

MaudeUlrika Maude

is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading. She has published essays and articles on modernist literature, perception and philosophies of embodiment. Her book, Beckett, Technology and the Body, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. She is co-editor of The Body and the Arts (2009) and Beckett and Phenomenology (2009).

emilie morinEmilie Morin

is a Lecturer at the University of York. She is the author of Samuel Beckett and the Problem of Irishness (2009) and is currently working on a book tentatively titled Samuel Beckett and Cultural Politics.


Rosemary-Pountney-RockabyRosemary Pountney

began her career in the theatre, later taking a degree in English at the University of Oxford, followed by a doctorate on Beckett’s later drama. She began her academic career at University College Dublin, followed by a Senior Lectureship and Research Fellowship in Drama at the University of Winchester and a Lectureship in English at Jesus College, Oxford. While working on her Beckett thesis she began acting again Not I in 1976 at Oxford Playhouse and the Irish Premieres of Not I and Footfalls at the Irish Theatre Festival in Dublin in 1978, followed by Footfalls at Oxford Playhouse in 1980. In the 1990’s she performed the Czech and Hungarian premieres of Footfalls and Rockaby in Prague and Szeged respectively, and toured Rockaby to the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, the Wallgraben Theatre Freiburg and Theater Neumarkt Zurich, as well as theatres in England and France. She also toured University theatres in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada in 1990 and 1997, performing and lecturing on Beckett’s drama. She knew Beckett, who helped her rehearse her role in Footfalls in 1980. In recent years she has performed and given readings in Oxford, London, Rome, Northampton, Warwick, and Bergen. She is an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford.


Beckett and Irish Culture, 1929-49 (Sean Kennedy)
Beckett’s Manuscripts (Mark Nixon & Dirk Van Hulle)
Performance Workshop (Jonathan Heron)

The 2012 Summer School registered students in the GMB in Front Square of Trinity College Dublin from the afternoon of Sunday 15 July. Full programmes were distributed at that time. That office may was also used for the booking of public events.