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Beckett and Visual Culture - November 17th 2007

Capital centre, milburn house, university of warwick


In conjunction with an exhibition of art works by Bill Prosser based on Samuel Beckett's manuscript doodles.


This event is also supported by the University of Warwick Humanities Research Centre


10.30am Opening words

10.35am- 11.35am Beckett and the Contemporary Artist

Bill Prosser, Marginal Distractions: Placing Beckett's Doodles

Sarah Blair, Scribble Babble: a distracting interlude, with thanks to Marina Warner

Screening of Andrew Kotting's film Klipperty Klopp (1984), introduced by Sarah Blair


11.35-12pm Coffee

12pm to 1.30pm Beckett, Film and Silent Comedy

Jonathan Bignell, Beckett's Film (accompanied by a screening)

Julian Garforth, Beckett and Karl Valentin



2.30pm - 3pm Beckett and the visual arts

Mark Nixon, "Liberated Eyes": Beckett's poetics of vision in the 1930s

3pm-3.45pm Beckett and the Art of Television

Ulrika Maude, Virtual Bodies: Beckett on TV


3.45-4pm Coffee

4pm-4.45pm Beckett and the Phenomenology of Perception

Round-table discussion involving Bill Prosser, Ulrika Maude, Daniel Katz, Matthew Feldman, Julian Garforth and Jonathan Bignell.

5.30pm Theatre performance

Performance of Beckett Shorts: Rough for Theatre II and Ohio Impromptu by Fail Better Productions


For more information, please contact Dr Liz Barry at


The symposium was a wonderful event - thank you to everyone who participated. Please find an outline of the day under 'Review' in the link to the left of this page. You can also find some photographs of the event if you click here, courtesy of Anastasia Deligianni.

Samuel Beckett











Still from Klipperty Klopp