BA (Mod) in English and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin
MPhil in Textual and Visual Studies, Trinity College Dublin and University of Paris 7
Auditrice Étrangère, École Normale Supérieure, Paris
Doctoral Fellow, Emory University, Atlanta
PhD, Trinity College Dublin.
I have been convenor of the BA module Moderns, the MA module Postmodern Fiction (Department of English and Comparative Literature), and the BA module Beckett and Aesthetics (Department of Visual Cultures).
My research explores the intersection between language, materiality and process in modern and contemporary literature and the visual arts with a particular emphasis on performance, art and writing.
Current Research Project
Samuel Beckett: Performance / Art / Writing
- ‘Practise, Performance and the Figural Body’ In Contemporary Theatre Review: Staging Beckett and Contemporary Theatre and Performance Cultures, ed. Anna McMullan and Graham Saunders, 27:4 (October 2017) ISSN 1048-6801. Forthcoming.
- ‘Staging Beckett’s Shorts’ in Staging Samuel Beckett in Great Britain, ed. Trish McTighe and David Tucker (London: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2016). pp. 135-156. ISBN 9781474240185 .
- ‘Samuel Beckett and Performance Art’, Journal of Beckett Studies 23:1 (April 2014), pp.34-53. ISSN 0309-5207
- ‘Bun-Ching Lam’s and Samuel Beckett’s Quatre Poèmes/Four Songs: Music, Image, Text’, Picturing Language: The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth-Century Europe, ed. Kathryn Brown (Surrey: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 59-71. ISBN 978-1-4094-2065-1.
Keynote and Invited Talks
- August 2015. Irish Museum of Modern Art in association with the Samuel Beckett Summer School Trinity College Dublin, lecture on ‘“The unthought and the harrowing”: Samuel Beckett’s Necessary Art’. https://soundcloud.com/imma-ireland/the-unthought-and-the-harrowing-samuel-becketts-necessary-art-derval-tubridy.
- August 2015. Visiting Professor, Samuel Beckett Summer School, Trinity College Dublin.
- April 2015. University of Reading, AHRC funded conference Staging Beckett and Contemporary Theatre and Performance Cultures, lecture on ‘Practice, Performance and the Figural Body’.
- January 2014. The Royal Court Theatre. Four Masterclasses on Beckett and Contemporary Art for the writers of the Royal Court Theatre, London.
- August 2013. Edinburgh International Festival, lecture on ‘Samuel Beckett and Contemporary Art: “Make Sense Who May”’.
- January 2013. Whitechapel Gallery, London, I’ll Go On… with Beckett and Byrne, lecture on ‘Performance/Art and Beckett’.
Media and Public Engagement
- May 2016. Beckett in London: Gare St Lazare Ireland Conversation Series “Beckett and Art: Texts for Nothing?” Dr Derval Tubridy, Prof. David Houston Jones and Dr Sarah Hayden at the Print Room at the Coronet as part of Gare St. Lazare Ireland's Beckett in London Festival.
- January 2015. Public interview with Pulitzer prize nominee playwright Will Eno on his play Title and Deed, with director Judy Hegarty Lovatt and actor Conor Lovatt, The Print Room at The Coronet, Notting Hill, London.
- May 2013. BBC 3 ‘NightWaves’, 20th May. Discussion with Lisa Dwan about her production of Samuel Beckett's play Not I at the Royal Court. http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio3/r3arts/r3arts_20130521-1419a.mp3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019bl6s
- May 2013. The Royal Court Theatre, London. Discussion with Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court, and Lisa Dwan, actor of Not I, on Beckett’s play.
- July 2013. Sky Arts 2 HD, 'Samuel Beckett: Not I'. 31st July 2013. Interviewed as part of a programme on Beckett’s Not I. http://skyarts.sky.com/samuel-beckett-not-i
Seminar Series Convened
The London Beckett Seminar
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The LBS brings together national and international scholars, researchers and postgraduates to discuss issues arising from the prose, theatre and poetry of Samuel Beckett that pertain to aspects of literary, philosophical and historical analysis with particular attention to translation studies, performance and practice, digital humanities and visual cultures. Inherently interdisciplinary in approach, the seminar is a vibrant research network for postgraduate students, early-career researchers, and established academics on a national and international level.
Conveners: Dr Derval Tubridy, Goldsmiths, University of London and Stefano Rosignoli, Trinity College, Dublin.
Not I? Neurodiversity in Performance and Practice
Friday 4th December 2015, 12.00-16.00, Room 246, Senate House.
A medical humanities seminar on neurodiverse performance practices, relaxed theatre, accessibility, copyright and permissions, subjectivity and agency, with participants from the AHRC research group Modernism, Medicine and the Mind, the performance research group Samuel Beckett Laboratory, Battersea Arts Centre, Theatre Unlimited, Touretteshero, London Beckett Seminar, academics from universities of Reading, Bristol, Essex, Warwick, Trinity College Dublin.
Art after Beckett at the Royal Court
A seminar series on Beckett and contemporary art for the Writers of the Royal Court Theatre. Spring 2014.
The Archive and the Edition: Digital Humanities and Literary Study 26 May 2016
AHRC CHASE Doctoral Masterclass, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Keynotes: Professor Dirk Van Hulle, University of Antwerp, Dr Mark Nixon, University of Reading.
Samuel Beckett: Performance/Art/Writing. 27-28 May 2016
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
The conference explores the intersections between performance, art, and writing in Samuel Beckett’s prose, theatre, poetry, film, and television. Drawing on recent developments in genetic criticism, performance studies, and literary and philosophical analysis, the conference will examine key strands of Beckett’s work in a range of media in the context of their interrelationship with current artistic, literary and performance practice.
Keynotes: Professor Anna McMullan, University of Reading; Professor Andrew Gibson, Royal Holloway, University of London.
My research focuses on the intersection between language, materiality, and process in twentieth-century and contemporary literature, philosophy and visual culture with particular emphasis on Irish Studies with a focus on Samuel Beckett and contemporary visual, sonic, and performance art; the livre d'artiste; performance and neurodiversity; archive and the event in Bloody Sunday, redacted bodies and texts.
Irish Studies Review: Thomas Kinsella Special Issue
Tubridy, Derval, ed. 2008. Irish Studies Review: Thomas Kinsella Special Issue.
'An Unforgettable Image': Staging Beckett’s Short Plays
Tubridy, Derval. 2016. 'An Unforgettable Image': Staging Beckett’s Short Plays. In: David Tucker and Trish McTighe, eds. Staging Beckett in Great Britain. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, pp. 135-155. ISBN 978-1-4742-4017-8
Bun-Ching Lam's and Samuel Beckett's Quatre Poèmes/Four Songs: Music, Image, Text
Tubridy, Derval. 2013. Bun-Ching Lam's and Samuel Beckett's Quatre Poèmes/Four Songs: Music, Image, Text. In: Kathryn Brown, ed. The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth-Century Europe. Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 59-71. ISBN 978-1-4094-2065-1
The Dolmen Press: “A Hazardous Venture”
Tubridy, Derval. 2011. The Dolmen Press: “A Hazardous Venture”. In: Clare Hutton and Patrick Walsh, eds. The Oxford History of the Irish Book Vol. 5: The Irish Book in English, 1891-2000. 5 Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 576-591. ISBN 978-0-19-924911-4
Beckett, Feldman, Salcedo… Neither
Tubridy, Derval. 2010. Beckett, Feldman, Salcedo… Neither. In: Daniela Caselli, ed. Beckett and Nothing: Trying to understand Beckett. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 143-159. ISBN 978-0-7190-8019-7
“In his secondmouth language”: Joyce and Irish Poetry
Tubridy, Derval. 2008. “In his secondmouth language”: Joyce and Irish Poetry. In: Richard Brown, ed. A Companion to James Joyce. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 341-358. ISBN 978140511044
"The Absence of Origin”: Beckett and Contemporary French Philosophy
Tubridy, Derval. 2006. "The Absence of Origin”: Beckett and Contemporary French Philosophy. In: David Rudrum, ed. Contemporary Debates in Literature and Philosophy. London: Palgrave macmillan, pp. 24-36. ISBN 1403947732
National Identity and Urban Topography in Joyce's and Kinsella's Dublin
Tubridy, Derval. 2005. National Identity and Urban Topography in Joyce's and Kinsella's Dublin. In: L. Harte; Y. Whelan and P. Crotty, eds. Ireland: Space, Text, Time. The Liffey Press, pp. 35-44. ISBN 1904148832
Thomas Kinsella and the Peppercanister Poems
Tubridy, Derval. 2004. Thomas Kinsella and the Peppercanister Poems. In: Hutton Clare, ed. The Irish Book in the Twentieth Century. Dublin and Portland Or: Irish Academic Press, pp. 102-115. ISBN ISBN 0716527804, 0716533359
"Words Pronouncing Me Alive”: Beckett and Incarnation
Tubridy, Derval. 2000. "Words Pronouncing Me Alive”: Beckett and Incarnation. In: Mary Bryden; Lance St John Butler; Marius Buning and Matthijs Engelberts, eds. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui: Beckett and Religion; Beckett/Aesthetics/Politics. (9) Amsterdam; Atlanta GA: Rodopi, pp. 93-104. ISBN 9042014040
Beckett's Spectral Silence: Breath and the Sublime
Tubridy, Derval. 2010. Beckett's Spectral Silence: Breath and the Sublime. Limit(e) Beckett, 1(1), pp. 102-122. ISSN 2105-1119
Sounding Spaces: Aurality in Beckett, Nauman and Cardiff
Tubridy, Derval. 2007. Sounding Spaces: Aurality in Beckett, Nauman and Cardiff. Performance Research, 12(1), pp. 5-11. ISSN 1352-8165
The subject doesn't matter, there is none: Language, Subjectivity, and Aporia in Beckett's Unnamable
Tubridy, Derval. 2001. The subject doesn't matter, there is none: Language, Subjectivity, and Aporia in Beckett's Unnamable. Journal of Beckett Studies, 10, pp. 196-206. ISSN 03095207
Difficult Migrations: The Dinnseanchas of Thomas Kinsella's Later Poetry
Tubridy, Derval. 2001. Difficult Migrations: The Dinnseanchas of Thomas Kinsella's Later Poetry. Irish University Review, 31(1), pp. 172-186. ISSN 00211427