PhD Thesis: Like a Thing Forsaken: the Material Worlds of Samuel Beckett and W.G. Sebald
My PhD research investigates how the material environments and object world are expressed in the prose of Beckett and Sebald, and, by extension, how materiality and things inform questions of history, memory and ethical discourse. I am supervised by Prof Daniel Katz and Dr Nick Lawrence, and funded by the Chancellor's Scholarship.
More broadly, my research interests include 20th century world literatures, modernism, experimental fiction and poetry, as well as literary & critical theory (new materialisms, ecocriticism, translation theory).
Recent Conference Papers
“Into what nightmare thingness am I fallen?”: The Politics of Matter in Samuel Beckett’s Short Stories" Beckett and Politics Conference, BARP, University of Reading (2016)
“‘The following precious and illuminating material should be carefully studied’: The Logic of Incorporation in Beckett, Sebald, and Krasznahorkai.” Beckett and Europe Conference, BARP, University of Reading (2015)
“Footnotes: Poets/Scholars.” Milburn House Symposium, University of Warwick (2015)
“On the History of Natural Destruction: an Apocalyptic Reading of W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn.” Brave New Worlds Conference, University of Newcastle (2015)
“‘The following precious and illuminating material should be carefully studied’: Material Incorporation in Beckett, Sebald, and Krasznahorkai.” In Beckett and Europe: History, Culture Tradition, ed. Michela Bariselli, Niamh M. Bowe, William Davies. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2017. 15-40.
"The Censor’s 'filthy synecdoche': Samuel Beckett and Censorship." Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry 2.2 (2016): Web.
“Investigating ‘Empty Middles’: A Critical Review of Gail Scott’s The Obituary.” Lemon Hound 5 (June 2013): Web.
“Towards the Feynman Point: A Beginning in 30. A creative exercise in Oulipan constraint and critical review.” ecloga: Journal of Literature and the Arts 9 (Spring 2011): 38-50.
M dot Schauss at warwick dot ac dot uk
PhD English & Comparative Literary Studies