Dr Derval Tubridy

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PositionDean of the Graduate School Associate Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Visual Culture
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Dr Derval Tubridy

Academic qualifications

  • 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
  • PhD on Samuel Beckett, Trinity College Dublin


Convenor of BA Moderns, MA Postmodern Fiction (Department of English and Comparative Literature), BA Beckett and Aesthetics (Department of Visual Cultures).

Featured work

Keynote and invited lectures

  • Listen to "The unthought and the harrowing" lecture on SoundCloud.
  • April 2015. University of Reading, AHRC funded conference Staging Beckett and Contemporary Theatre and Performance Cultures, ‘Practice, Performance and the Figural Body’.
  • August 2013. Edinburgh International Festival, ‘Samuel Beckett and Contemporary Art: “Make Sense Who May”’.
  • January 2013. Whitechapel Gallery, London, I’ll Go On… with Beckett and Byrne. ‘Performance/Art and Beckett’.
  • December 2012. University of Edinburgh and the Scottish National Gallery of Art, AHRC Symposium on Modernism, Print and the Book, ‘Form and the livre d’artiste: A question of ethics’.
  • December 2012. The International Association of Art Critics Commission on Censorship and Freedom of Expression, in Collaboration with the Research Institute for Art and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast, ‘Knowing Bloody Sunday: A Question of Adjacency’.
  • July 2011. Institute of Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt University, Berlin, ‘The Sublime at the Intersection of Art and Literature’.
  • May 2011. University of Reading, Beckett International Foundation Seminar, ‘Bun-Ching Lam’s and Beckett’s Quatre Poèmes/Four Songs: Music, Image, Text’.
  • June 2010. University of Sussex, ‘Beckett, Blanchot, Celan & Philosophy’ conference, ‘Keeping Company with Beckett and Blanchot’.
  • June 2009. University of Kent, ‘Picturing Language: The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth Century Europe’ Colloquium, ‘Beckett, Johns and the livre d’artiste’.
  • June–July 2008. University of Trieste, Twelfth Annual Trieste Joyce School, ‘“Tripping in his Wake, I'm wracked”: Writing Poetry after Joyce’.
  • June 2007. Gate Theatre, Dublin, Dublin Writer’s Week, ‘Thomas Kinsella: A Poetry Reading’.
  • April 2006. Teatro Municipal de Sao Luis, Lisbon, ‘Samuel Beckett: Visual Theatre’, supported by the Embassy of Ireland.
  • April 2006. Barbican Theatre, London, ‘Beckett on Film’, Public interview with directors Charles Sturridge and Kieron Walsh.
  • March 2006. Wake Forest University, North Carolina. “The thing itself”’: Liam Miller and the Dolmen Press’, delivered at the opening of the Dolmen Press Archives.
  • August 2004. W.B.Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, ‘The Purgatorial Aspect of Yeats’s and Beckett’s Theatre’.
  • June 2004. James Joyce Symposium, Dublin, plenary roundtable ‘Joyce, Irish Writing, and the Politics of Form’. 


  • ‘Re-sounding Beckett in Contemporary Irish Sound Art’, paper delivered at the Material Meanings: Third Biannual conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde Modernism Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury (September 2012).
  • ‘Ethics and Aesthetics in Georg Baselitz’s and Samuel Beckett’s Bing’, Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive Conference, University of York (June 2011).
  • ‘Beckett’s Spectral Silence: A Question of the Sublime”, paper delivered at the ‘Spectral Beckett / Spectres de Beckett’ conference, Paris (April 2009).
  • ‘Beckett and Contemporary Art: Cardiff and Salcedo’, paper delivered at the ‘Beckett et la trace/Beckett’s Traces’ conference, Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille 3 (December 2006).
  • ‘Power, Politics and Polis in Beckett’s What Where’, paper delivered at the ‘100 Years a Dying: Samuel Beckett’ Conference, University College Cork (May 2006)
  • ‘Tom Murphy and Enda Walsh: The Beckett Legacy’, paper delivered at the roundtable on Beckett’s Legacy for Theatre, Goldsmiths College, London (February 2006)
  • ‘“A Hazardous Venture”: The Dolmen Press’, paper delivered at the BAIS, ACIS conference at the University of Liverpool (July 2004).
  • ‘“Tripping in his wake, I’m wracked”: Joyce and Irish Poetry’, paper delivered at the James Joyce Symposium, National College of Ireland, Dublin (June 2004).
  • ‘National identity and urban topography in Joyce’s and Kinsella’s Dublin’, ‘Joyce, Irish Writing, and the Politics of Form’, paper delivered at the ‘Ireland: Space, Text, Time’ conference at The Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster, Derry (March 2004).
  • ‘Beckett’s Failed Heroism: A “Fair to Middling” Attempt’, paper delivered to the Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway (March 2004).
  • ‘“Rage, affliction, and outcry”: Place and Politics in Joyce and Kinsella’, paper delivered at the ‘Joyce, Ireland, Britain’ conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London (November 2002).
  • ‘Thomas Kinsella: A Poetry of Passion’, Department of English, Wake Forest University, North Carolina (September 2002).
  • ‘The Aesthetics of Ruptured Visibility: Samuel Beckett’s Rockaby’, paper delivered at the ‘Allusion and Access’ conference, Groupe de Recherches Anglo-Américaines de Tours, Université de Tours (September 2002).
  • ‘Beckett and the Sublime, or, Does Size Matter?’ paper delivered at the ‘Re-reading Beckett’s Late Drama: Aesthetics, Representation, Performance’ conference, Royal Holloway College, University of London (June 2002).
  • ‘The Dolmen Press’, paper delivered at the colloquium on the History of the Irish Book organized by the Research Centre in the History of the Book: Institute of English Studies, University of London (April 2002).
  • ‘Loose Signatures: Samuel Beckett and the Livre d’Artiste’, paper delivered at the British Council Symposium: ‘Seeing Things: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Literature and the Visual’, University of Tours (September 2001).
  • ‘“Littered Uplands. Dense Grass. Rocks everywhere”: Thomas Kinsella’s Poetics of Difficulty’, paper delivered to the Irish Studies Seminar, Institute of English Studies, University of London (November 2000).                                                                                                                                                                               
  • ‘Dark Waters Churn Amongst Us’: Thomas Kinsella’s Poetry’, University of Salford, Manchester.  Conference on ‘Poetry and Poetics into the Twenty-First Century’ (June 2000).
  • ‘The subject doesn’t matter, there is none’:  Beckett’s Unnamable’, Birkbeck College, University of London.  Conference on Samuel Beckett ‘Different Becketts/Beckett’s Differences’ (June 2000).
  • ‘Elliptical Change of Site: Beckett and the Artist’s Book’, Emory University, Atlanta.  Conference on ‘Samuel Beckett and the Visual Text’ (November 1999).
  • ‘Words Pronouncing me Alive: Beckett and Incarnation’, University of Stirling. Conference on ‘Samuel Beckett and Religion’ (September 1999).
  • “Revisioning Identity: Thomas Kinsella”, International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Universitat de Barcelona (July 1999).
  • ‘Samuel Beckett, Watt, and Minor Literature’, National University of Ireland, Galway.  Conference on ‘Defining Colonies’ (June 1999).
  • ‘Dismembered Texts: Beckett’s Late Corpus’, paper delivered at the ‘Samuel Beckett’s Prose Fragments’ symposium, South Bank University (June 1999).
  • ‘Text into Image: Foirades/Fizzles’, paper delivered to the University of Reading Samuel Beckett Seminar (May 1999).
  • ‘The Peppercanisters’, Institute of English Studies, University of London.  Conference on ‘The Irish Book in the Twentieth Century’ (May 1999).               
  • ‘Irish Identities in Thomas Kinsella’s Writing’, paper delivered at the ‘Formations, Forms, and Transformations: Irish Identities’ conference, New York University (March 1999).
  • ‘Language, Identity and Literature: Samuel Beckett’, paper delivered at the North Eastern Modern Language Association Convention, Baltimore  (April 1998).
  • Organised The Northwest Irish Studies Group seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University (March 1998).
  • ‘Thomas Kinsella: Out of Ireland’, paper delivered at the Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C. (December 1996).
  • ‘Her Other: the Gaze in Rockaby’, paper delivered at the Twentieth Annual Conference International Association for Philosophy and Literature, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. (May 1996).
  • ‘The Searing Sign: Husserl and Beckett’s Not I’, paper delivered at ‘Text and Presentation’, the Twentieth Annual University of Florida Department of Classics Comparative Drama Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville (March 1996).
  • ‘Quotation, Translation and Contamination in the third fizzle of Samuel Beckett’s and Jasper Johns’ Foirades/Fizzles’, paper delivered at the ‘Applied Derrida’ International Symposium, University of Luton. (July 1995).
  • ‘Watt and the Surface of Sense’, paper delivered at the ‘Linguistic Representations of the Self’ conference, Liverpool University (June 1994).

Art Projects and exhibitions

  • Inferno: Exhibition of paintings based on Dante Alighieri ’s work at the Art House Gallery (February–March 2004)
  • Cadiac: A collaboration between molecular biology, painting and computer technology exploring the physiological, aesthetic and social significance of the heart through the image and action of the cardiomyocyte (2004-2006). Project developed in conjunction with Dr Sandra Austin, cardiovascular research scientist at the Conway Institute, University College Dublin, and Daan Archer, proteomics/systems biology scientist at the Conway Institute, UCD, Dublin.
  • Adjacency: A series of paintings and mixed media works based on the map of Derry used by the Saville Inquiry, and on photos of the events, exploring the slippage between topography and cartography, and between narrative and the event, in the understanding of Bloody Sunday (2010-2013).
  • Redaction: A series of 109 paintings derived from a CIA Special Review of Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities (2013-ongoing).

Conference organisation

  • September 2013. Land | Labour | Capital. Limerick City Gallery of Art, The Future State, and Goldsmiths, University of London. An interdisciplinary conference on the complex interface between land, labour and capital in the 20th and 21st century in commemoration of the 1913 Dublin Lockout.
  • November 2012. The Future State of Ireland. An International interdisciplinary conference on cultural responses to economic crisis in Ireland. Goldsmiths, University of London. The Future State's website.
  • October 2006 Beckett and Company. An international conference on art and literature with Birkbeck, The London Consortium and with Tate Modern called Beckett and Company. Partially funded by the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise. The Beckett and Company website.

Television and video output


Research Interests

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. 



Thomas Kinsella: The Peppercanister Poems
Tubridy, Derval. 2001. Thomas Kinsella: The Peppercanister Poems. Dublin: University of Dublin Press. ISBN 1900621525, 1900621533

Edited Journal

Irish Studies Review: Thomas Kinsella Special Issue
Tubridy, Derval, ed. 2008. Irish Studies Review: Thomas Kinsella Special Issue.

Book Section

'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

Vain Reasonings: Not I
Tubridy, Derval. 1998. Vain Reasonings: Not I. In: Jennifer Jeffers, ed. Samuel Beckett: A Casebook. New York and London: Garland, pp. 111-131. ISBN 0815325517


Samuel Beckett and Performance Art
Tubridy, Derval. 2014. Samuel Beckett and Performance Art. Journal of Beckett Studies, 23(1), pp. 34-53. ISSN 0309-5207

Visual Culture
Tubridy, Derval. 2014. Visual Culture. Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, 22(1), pp. 291-307. ISSN 1077-4254

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

Art Object

Tubridy, Derval; Austin, Sandra and Archer, Daan. 2005. Cardiac.