Samuel Beckett's Literary Legacy: From Dublin to Paris with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes

Samuel Beckett's Literary Legacy: From Dublin to Paris with Samuel Lopez-Barrantes


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His name conjures furrowed brows and nodding heads. Everyone agrees: Samuel Beckett is someone to read. Perhaps some of us first came across this Irish novelist, essayist, and playwright’s work when we were teenagers–when we could most keenly feel what it meant to be an existentialist without having any idea of what it meant. But who was Samuel Beckett, and why was he important, and is Samuel Beckett still worth reading now?

This is an introductory seminar on the life and philosophy of one of the twentieth century’s most iconic writers. From his early years as a promising academic to his disillusion with the academy, and from his years with the French Resistance to his radical new writing style following the horrors of World War II, this seminar seeks to answer a simple question: why is it important to read Samuel Beckett?

Led by an expert on history and literature, Professor Samuél Lopez-Barrantes, this interactive seminar will discuss the life and philosophy of one of the most prolific and influential writers of the last two hundred years. Designed to inform curiosity as well as educate, participants will come away with a deeper appreciation for the life and philosophy of Samuel Beckett.

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Samuél is a writer and musician who has lived in Paris since 2008. He holds an M.A. in European Society from University College London and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Samuél teaches creative writing at the Sorbonne, and is also a pianist and singer in the American indie-rock trio, Slim & The Beast.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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