Das Reale des Realismus: Samuel Becketts L'Innommable / The Unnamable
Eva Ruda studied Comparative Literature, Romance languages, and Theatre Studies at Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and at Free University Berlin where she received her M.A. in Comparative Literature. Since October 2012 she is a fellow at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate-School for Literary Studies and since 2015 she is an associate Member of the PhD-Network "The Knowledge of Literature". From September 2018 onwards she is a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University, for which she was awarded a DAAD-Stipend through the thematic network „Literature – Knowledge – Media“.
In recent years one was able to witness a resurgence of the category of realism within many discursive fields, including literary theory and aesthetics. Surprisingly, this resurgence was accompanied by a neglect of the important 20th century debate about realism, whose main proponents have been, Georg Lukács and Theodor W. Adorno, among others. If one seeks to counter this neglect and returns to this controversy, one cannot but notice that at times in its margins, at times in its center, a name reappears, that was often associated not only with the end of the realist novel, but also with the crisis of the novel as such – namely Samuel Beckett.
The project will argue why and how this fact, which has seldom been systematically investigated neither in discourses on realism nor in studies on Beckett, provides an unexpected starting point for a new analysis of Beckett’s work and presents a strong alternative to the picture that was painted by the influential existentialist or poststructuralist readings. Addressing Beckett’s Trilogy of Molloy, Malone meurt and in particular L'Innommable, the project will show that what is at stake therewith is not the crisis of the novel, but rather a systematic exploration of the potentiality of its very form, a potential that is immanently linked to the fundamental questions of realistic representation.
Drawing on basic insights of psychoanalysis, the project will present components of and for a renewed reading of Beckett and will demonstrate how this even allows for drafting a new constellation of the main positions involved in the former realism-controversy.
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„Die Notwendigkeit des unmöglichen Ganzen. Brechts „Jahrhunderttext“ Fatzer“ (mit Frank Ruda), in: Fatzer Jahrbücher, 2013, S. 18-32.
„Art's Endgame in the Novel", Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, November 2018.
„The End of Art in the Novel", Tagung „Concept/s: Hegel's Aesthetics“, Ljubljana, Januar 2018.
„Zeit in der Theorie des Romans“, Tagung „Hundert Jahre „transzendentale Obdachlosigkeit“. Zur Aktualität von Georg Lukács' Theorie des Romans“, Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus, Dezember 2016.
„Where Now? Who Now? When Now? Time and the Novel“, Konferenz „„sei es etwas oder nichts“ – Beckett and Dialectics“, Freie Universität Berlin, Februar 2016.
„The typical of typicality or: Who is Samuel Beckett’s Unnamable?“, Graduate Student Conference „Realism Bites: Disruptive Realisms in Modernity", Department of German and Romance Languages and Literature, Johns Hopkins University, November 2015.
„On Realism: Lukács with Beckett“, Graduate Student Conference „Versuche über den Roman: Life and Literature after Lukács“, German Department, Yale University, April 2015.
„„Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.“ Die Grenzen des Komischen in Samuel Becketts Endgame“, Workshop „Tabu und Transgression als literaturwissenschaftliche Heuristika“, Freie Universität Berlin, November 2014.
„Die Notwendigkeit des unmöglichen Ganzen. Brechts „Jahrhunderttext“ Fatzer“ (mit Frank Ruda), Fatzer Tage, Mülheim, Juni 2012.
Rebecca Comay, Die Geburt der Trauer. Hegel und die Französische Revolution. Konstanz: Konstanz University Press 2018.
„Dialectic and Dramaturgy in Samuel Beckett's Endgame", Workshop gemeinsam mit Rebecca Comay, German Department, Yale University, November 2018.
Konferenz „„sei es etwas oder nichts“ – Beckett and Dialectics“, Freie Universität Berlin, Februar 2016. (Programm hier)
Schlegel Lecture cum Seminar, Juli 2014.