Dr Paul Lawley

Dr Paul Lawley


BA (hons), Bristol, 1975.

PhD, Warwick, 1979.

Teaching interests

Modern drama

Contemporary Irish drama

Creative writing


Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner, PhD:

University of Reading, 1996.

University of Delhi, India, 1997.

Research interests

Drama and fiction of Samuel Beckett

Modern and contemporary Irish drama

Literary influence

Drama in performance

'"The Rapture of Vertigo": Beckett's Turning-Point', Modern Language Review, Vol. 95, no. 1 (Spring 2000), pp. 28-40. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_7026/is_1_95/ai_n28818236/?tag=content;col1
Reprinted in Sisler T. J. (ed), Drama Criticism, Vol. 22 (Thomson Gale 2004), pp. 69-78.

'That Time and the Dynamics of Being', Journal of Beckett Studies, NS Vol. 10, nos. 1 and 2 (Fall 2001-Winter 2002), pp. 173-86.
Volume of journal also published as book:
Caselli D, Connor S & Salisbury L (eds.), Other Becketts , Journal of Beckett Studies Books, 2002,. Pagination identical to above.
Essay reprinted in Sisler T. J. (ed), Drama Criticism, Vol. 22 (Thomson Gale, 2004), pp. 115-21.

'"The Grim Journey": Beckett Listens to Schubert', Moorjani A. & Veit C. (eds.), Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, Vol. 11: Endlessness in the Year 2000/Fin sans fin en l'an 2000 (Rodopi, 2001), pp. 255-67. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/rodopi/sbta/2002/00000011/00000001/art00031?token=004011eb05a666f3a7b2f7c316a6f556b656676763c49266d652f8aa83a03c66

‘Endgame in the Subjunctive’, Journal of Beckett Studies, NS Vol. 13, no. 1 (Fall 2004), pp.1-11. Reprinted in Gontarski S. E. (ed.), The Beckett Critical Reader (Edinburgh UP, 2013). Forthcoming.

'Tradition and Failure: Coleridge/Beckett', Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, Vol. 18: 'All Sturm and no Drang': Beckett and Romanticism (Rodopi, 2007), pp. 31-46.

'Waiting for Godot': Character Studies (Continuum, 2008).

'The Excluded Child: Brian Friel's Faith Healer and Beckett's Endgame', Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, Vol. 21: 'Where Never Before': Beckett's Poetics of Elsewhere (Rodopi, 2009), pp. 151-63. http://www.uantwerpen.be/download.aspx?c=*SBECKETT&n=50426&ct=50097&e=206932

'Murphy's Beckett: Legacy and Agon', Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, Vol. 23: Filiations & Connecting Lines (Rodopi, 2011), pp. 215-29.

'Splitting the Rocks': Derek Mahon's Beckett', Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, Vol. 25: Beckett in the Cultural Field (Rodopi, 2013), pp. 141-56. 'Doom in the Bud: Beckett's Drama and After', in Chang, H., DeMaria Jr., R. and Zacher, S. (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to British Literature, Vol. 4 (Blackwell, 2014), pp. 280-95.

Other academic activities

Member of Advisory Board, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui (Rodopi), 2010-