Prof. Andrew Gibson
Sample Lecture – Beckett: Waiting for Godot
Andrew Gibson ended his formal career as Research Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Royal Holloway (College), University of London, where he still teaches part-time. He is currently Visiting Professor at the J.M. Coetzee Centre at the University of Adelaide and a member of the Conseil Scientifique of the Collège Internationale de Philosophie in Paris. He has also been a member of its Comité de Selection. He formerly served as Carole and Gordon Segal Professor of Irish Literature at Northwestern University, Chicago. He has been a Beckett scholar for forty years and is an Associate Member of the International Beckett Foundation at the University of Reading. He is the author of Beckett and Badiou: The Pathos of Intermittency (Oxford University Press, 2006), a short biography, Samuel Beckett, in Reaktion Books’ Critical Lives series (2010), and many essays on Beckett from either a philosophical or a historical perspective or both. He is also a Joyce scholar and a permanent member of the Editorial Board of the James Joyce Quarterly in the USA. His work on Joyce includes three books, Joyce’s Revenge: History, Politics and Aesthetics in Joyce’s `Ulysses’ (Oxford University Press, 2002), The Strong Spirit: History, Politics and Aesthetics in the Writings of James Joyce 1898-1915 (Oxford University Press, 2012) and a short biography, James Joyce, again in the Reaktion series (2006). In line with his Paris appointment, he has a growing reputation as a philosopher based on work like Intermittency: The Concept of Historical Reason in Contemporary French Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and Misanthropy: The Critique of Humanity (Bloomsbury, 2017). His Modernity and the Political Fix, for Bloomsbury’s Political Theologies series, will be published in 2018. He is currently working on Entering Differences: J.M. Coetzee and the Tone of Democracy. He has published five short novels and a collection of stories, all for children, with Faber & Faber.
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