Professor Derval Tubridy

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Position Professor in English Literature and Visual Culture
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Professor 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
  • 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 2013-2017


  • ‘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’.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Conferences Convened

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.



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. 

Publications and research outputs


Tubridy, Derval. 2018. Samuel Beckett and the Language of Subjectivity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316981221

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

Edited Journal

Tubridy, Derval, ed. 2008. Irish Studies Review: Thomas Kinsella Special Issue, Irish Studies Review, 16(3). 0967-0882

Book Section

Tubridy, Derval. 2021. Beckett and Giacometti: An Absolute Regard / Beckett et Giacometti: un regard absolu. In: Daniel Hugo, ed. Giacometti / Beckett: Rater encore, rater mieux. Lyon: Fage éditions, pp. 37-48. ISBN ‎9782849756584

Tubridy, Derval. 2017. Samuel Beckett and Sonic Art. In: Robert Reginio; David Houston Jones and Katherine Weiss, eds. Samuel Beckett and Contemporary Art. Ibidem Press. ISBN 9783838210797

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 9781474240178

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

Tubridy, Derval. 2013. Visual Culture. In: David Tucker, ed. The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 291-307.

Tubridy, Derval. 2012. Power, Politics, and Polis in Beckett's What Where. In: James Carney; Leonard Madden; Michael O'Sullivan and Karl White, eds. Beckett Re-membered: After the Centenary. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 166-179. ISBN 978-1-4438-3500-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tubridy, Derval. 2018. Theatre and Installation: Perspectives on Beckett. Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(1), pp. 68-81. ISSN 1048-6801

Tubridy, Derval. 2018. Incommensurable Corporealities? Touretteshero's Not I. Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(1), ISSN 1048-6801

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

Tubridy, Derval. 2010. Beckett's Spectral Silence: Breath and the Sublime. Limit(e) Beckett, 1(1), pp. 102-122. ISSN 2105-1119

Tubridy, Derval. 2007. Sounding Spaces: Aurality in Beckett, Nauman and Cardiff. Performance Research, 12(1), pp. 5-11. ISSN 1352-8165

Tubridy, Derval. 2001. Difficult Migrations: The Dinnseanchas of Thomas Kinsella's Later Poetry. Irish University Review, 31(1), pp. 172-186. ISSN 00211427

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

Art Object

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

Professional Activity

Tubridy, Derval. 2015. Public Policy Engagement in the Arts and Humanities: Skills and Strategies.


Tubridy, Derval. 2017. Adjacency. In: "Adjacency", no format gallery, Arch 29, Rolt Street, Deptford, London SE8 5JB, United Kingdom, 23 March 2017 - 1 April 2017.

Lesley, Hilling; Ivano, Darra; Walter Graham, Reed and Derval, Tubridy. 2013. The Enigmatic World of Joseph Boshier. In: "The Uncovering of Joseph Boshier", Standpoint Gallery, United Kingdom, 8 November 2013 - 6 December 2013.