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New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century

Samuel Beckett and BBC Radio

A Reassessment

Editors: Addyman, David, Feldman, Matthew, Tonning, Erik (Eds.)

  • Offers a comprehensive and sweeping examination of Beckett’s relationship with BBC, including his radio plays and various “adaptations” of stage plays, prose, and poetry
  • Connects discussions of Beckett and the BBC to larger contexts about the changing role of radio and post-war British culture more generally
  • Brings renewed attention to Beckett’s radio plays particularly the neglected BBC radio archives
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About this book

This book is the first sustained examination of Samuel Beckett’s pivotal engagements with post-war BBC radio. The BBC acted as a key interpreter and promoter of Beckett’s work during this crucial period of his "getting known" in the Anglophone world in the 1950s and 1960s, especially through the culturally ambitious Third Programme, but also by the intermediary of the house magazine, The Listener. The BBC ensured a sizeable but also informed reception for Beckett’s radio plays and various “adaptations” (including his stage plays, prose, and even poetry); the audience that Beckett's works reached by radio almost certainly exceeded in size his readership or theatre audiences at the time. In rethinking several key aspects of his relationship with the BBC, a mix of new and familiar Beckett critics take as their starting point the previously neglected BBC radio archives held at the Written Archive Centre in Caversham, Berkshire. The results of this extended reassessment are timely and, in many cases, quite surprising for readers of Beckett and for scholars of radio, “late modernism,” and post-war British culture more broadly.

About the authors

David Addyman is Peder Sather Research Fellow at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has published a number of articles and chapters on Beckett.

Matthew Feldman is Professor in the Modern History of Ideas at Teesside University, UK. He has published widely on Beckett, including Beckett’s Books and the collection of essays Falsifying Beckett.

Erik Tonning is Professor of British Literature and Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway. His publications include Samuel Beckett’s Abstract Drama and Modernism and Christianity.

Reviews

“This book explicitly sets out to reassess the complex and changing relationship between Beckett and BBC Radio – and it does that very well indeed. All in all, then, this volume does full justice to its intricate subject matter by dint of the vast array of different approaches and viewpoints it brings together.” (Pedro Querido, Journal of Beckett Studies, Vol. 27 (1), April, 2018)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Addyman, David (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Beckett’s “Non-canonical” Radio Productions, 1957–1989

    Feldman, Matthew

    Pages 21-41

  • The BBC and Beckett’s Non-radiogenic Plays in the 1950s

    Hulle, Dirk

    Pages 43-58

  • Mediating Modernism: The Third Programme, Samuel Beckett, and Mass Communication

    Tonning, Erik

    Pages 59-79

  • The BBC as “Commissioner” of Beckett’s Radio Plays

    Verhulst, Pim

    Pages 81-102

Buy this book

eBook £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54265-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £74.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95130-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Samuel Beckett and BBC Radio
Book Subtitle
A Reassessment
Editors
  • David Addyman
  • Matthew Feldman
  • Erik Tonning
Series Title
New Interpretations of Beckett in the Twenty-First Century
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54265-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54265-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95130-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 308
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