James McNaughton – “‘Prophetic Relish’: 1930s Famine Politics in Beckett’s ‘Endgame'”
James McNaughton (University of Alabama, Department of English) will lead a discussion of his chapter “‘Prophetic Relish’: 1930s Famine Politics in Beckett’s Endgame,” from his forthcoming book Samuel Beckett and the Politics of Aftermath (Oxford UP). Samuel Beckett was attuned to how Nazi propaganda employed catastrophic threats of starvation and saving prophesies of plenitude to justify atrocity. McNaughton freshly argues that Beckett has Endgame perform the aftermath of these strategies to broaden debates about what counts as genocide postwar, to source recent starvation policies in European imperialism, and to extend James Joyce’s indictment of literary complicity.
The event is presented by the Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop, a Willson Center Faculty Research Cluster. Please email Susan Rosenbaum firstname.lastname@example.org or Nell Andrew email@example.com to receive the chapter. All are welcome to attend.