Samuel Beckett Scholar S.E. Gontarski to Present Lecture at Assumption
Assumption College will present a lecture by Samuel Beckett scholar Professor S.E. Gontarski, Ph.D., titled “The Theater is Always Dying” on Thursday, October 4 at 4 p.m. in the Fuller Auditorium of the Richard and Janet Testa Science Center, 500 Salisbury Street. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the College’s HumanArts series, the Core Texts and Enduring Questions Program, the Departments of English and Modern and Classical Languages and the Office of the Provost.
“A prolific scholar, Stan Gontarski is internationally renowned throughout theater communities all over the world,” said Associate Professor of English Paul Shields, Ph.D. “His lecture will be of great interest to those interested in theater and performance, and to those who want to witness an accomplished scholar at work. Attendees of this lecture will share company with someone who talked and collaborated with Beckett.”
An author and professor of English at Florida State University, Prof. Gontarski will speak about his collaborations with Beckett - an Irish author of plays, poems, novels and short fiction - upon who he has conducted extensive research before becoming a writer, editor, director and professor. During his presentation, Prof. Gontarski will discuss the experimental nature of Beckett’s drama and questions of theater and performance.
Prof. Gontarski, Florida State University’s Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, specializes in 20th century Irish studies and earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. From 1989 to 2008, Prof. Gontarski edited the Journal of Beckett Studies and has written a number of books and essays on Beckett such as Revisioning Beckett: Samuel Beckett’s Decadent Turn; Beckett Matters: Essay’s on Beckett’s Late Modernism; The Intent of Undoing in Samuel Beckett’s Dramatic Texts; and more. He has written extensively on performance theory and history of text technologies.
Prof. Gontarski has been recognized with four National Endowment for the Humanities research grants.
“If you blink, you’ll miss something Stan Gontarski publishes or directs or edits. He is a scholar with immense energy, added Prof. Shields. “I would encourage anyone in the community with an interest in literature or drama or theater to attend his lecture.”
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College