Upper-Division Seminar : Beckett in Context: Theater, History, and the Mind

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, English majors only
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Winter 2011
Instructor: Donelan, James
Day(s): MW
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: SH 1415
Description:

This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.

A study of the major works of Samuel Beckett as reflections of twentieth-century theories of human consciousness and existence. We will examine the novels (Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnameable) as well as the major plays (Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tape, Happy Days) in relation to works by other writers, including James Joyce, J. M. Synge, Jean-Paul Sartre, Eugene Ionesco, and Harold Pinter. Our objective is to understand Beckett as both an Irish and a French writer, and reveal the political and philosophical subtexts of his most challenging works.