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60732-01 - Seminar: The Dramatic Work of Samuel Beckett 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Balazs Rapcsak (balazs.rapcsak@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Samuel Beckett was one of the seminal figures of 20th-century literature, producing equally captivating works as a novelist, playwright, writer of short fiction and poet. This course will explore his extraordinarily rich and unique dramatic work, following its development from 1952 to 1984. We will examine a representative selection of Beckett's plays not only across the decades, but also across media, and so will read scripts as well as listen to and watch broadcast performances. The course can thus also be understood as an introduction to intermediality studies, allowing us to reflect on the differences - and interplay - between literary texts and audiovisual recordings in their specific technological realizations. Juxtaposing Beckett's artistic experiments with the theatre stage, with radio, with television, and with cinema, we will learn about the history of these media both as technical apparatuses and as art forms. Along the way, we will refine our skills of textual interpretation, while gaining insights into the specificity of radio and TV drama too. Challenging though his work may be, Beckett's characteristic brand of dark humour will keep us entertained.
Lernziele Students will develop their critical understanding of a major representative of (post)modernism.
They will hone their close reading skills and enhance their knowledge of drama analysis.
They will practice the media-specific analysis of artistic products and improve their understanding of its importance.
They will also learn how to navigate and orient themselves in what is the fastest-growing critical discourse around a single author today.
Literatur Please acquire the following edition of Beckett's plays:
Beckett, Samuel. "The Complete Dramatic Works". London: Faber and Faber, 2006. ISBN 9780571229154.

Recordings of Beckett's plays for radio and television, as well as his only cinematic work, "Film", will be made available during the semester. Secondary literature will be uploaded to ADAM.

The final list of plays to be discussed will be determined together with the students at the first meeting, following an introductory survey and a series of teasers provided by the instructor. However, it is recommended that you read Beckett's two longer plays, "Waiting for Godot" and "Endgame", before the beginning of the term.
Weblink ADAM


Teilnahmebedingungen This seminar is for students who have completed ALL three introductory modules (including the proseminar papers).
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please register by sending an email to balazs.rapcsak(at)unibas.ch, and do not forget to sign up via MOnA. Registration will open on 1 January 2021. Please note that places are limited to 25, and once the course is fully booked, you will have to sign up for one of the department's alternative offerings.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 04.03.2021 – 03.06.2021
Zeit Donnerstag, 16.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 04.03.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 11.03.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 18.03.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 25.03.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 01.04.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 08.04.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 15.04.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 22.04.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Donnerstag 29.04.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Grosser Hörsaal
Donnerstag 06.05.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Grosser Hörsaal
Donnerstag 13.05.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Donnerstag 20.05.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Grosser Hörsaal
Donnerstag 27.05.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Grosser Hörsaal
Donnerstag 03.06.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Grosser Hörsaal
Module Modul: Advanced Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular and active participation, a brief presentation or short writing assignments
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft