Beckett-Feldman-Johns: Patterning Memory and Subjectivity

Laws, Catherine (2009) Beckett-Feldman-Johns: Patterning Memory and Subjectivity. In: The Modernist Legacy: Essays on New Music. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 137-158. ISBN 9780195325485

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Laws was invited to contribute to this book following her presentation at the Beckett Centenary Symposium, held at Trinity College Dublin, the Irish National Gallery and Gate Theatre, Dublin, April 2006. The paper was also subsequently requested by the convenors of the ‘Beckett and Company’ conference at Tate Modern and Goldsmiths College later that year. During this Dublin festival, Laws was also invited to give a seminar on the topic of Beckett and contemporary composition at the Irish Centre for Contemporary Music*. The editors of ‘Beckett at 100’ have been at the forefront of Beckett scholarship for 30 years. Their aim was to offer a range of perspectives on Beckett’s work indicative of his enduring status and wide artistic influence 100 years after his birth. The book is to provide a focus for part of the December 2007 MLA convention in Chicago.

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Additional Information: Laws’s essay extends some of her earlier published work on the Feldman/Beckett opera ‘Neither’ into a study of the triangle of explicit and implicit association and influence between Beckett, Feldman and Jasper Johns in the 1970s. In the relevant works of each artist, the apparent drive towards self-reflexive abstraction belies a more complex relationship with the role of echoing and memory, through both formal and allusive repetition and difference. This forms part of Laws’s longer-term examination of composers’ responses to Beckett’s texts and the question of how similar artistic concerns and techniques may or may not be ‘translated’ between art forms. A different version of this paper was also given at the Fourth Biennial Conference on Twentieth Century Music, Sussex University, August 2005.
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