Comparative Literature

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Professor Shane Weller

Professor of Comparative Literature

Head of School

Office: Cornwallis West 158

About

After studying at the universities of Oxford and Yale, I taught at Oxford before taking up a post in Comparative Literature at Kent. My teaching and research interests lie in the fields of modern European literature and literary theory. I teach modules on the history and theory of comparative literature, and am director of the MA in European Culture, delivered at the University’s Paris School of Arts and Culture. My publications include books and articles on a range of European writers and literary theorists, including Georges Bataille, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Maurice Blanchot, Paul Celan, Jacques Derrida, Franz Kafka, Sylvia Plath, and W. G. Sebald. I am co-director of the Centre for Modern European Literature at the University of Kent, a member of the editorial board of the Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, and a general editor of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature book series.

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Publications

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Book
Weller, S. (2019). Language and Negativity in European Modernism: Toward a Literature of the Unword. [Online]. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/literature/english-literature-1900-1945/language-and-negativity-european-modernism?format=HB.
Weller, S. and Van Hulle, D. (2018). The Making of Samuel Beckett's 'Endgame'/'Fin de partie'. [Online]. Bloomsbury. Available at: https://bloomsbury.com/uk/the-making-of-samuel-becketts-endgamefin-de-partie-9781472527486/.
Weller, S. and Van Hulle, D. (2014). The Making of Samuel Beckett's 'L'Innommable'/'The Unnamable'. [Online]. Antwerp and London: University Press Antwerp / Bloomsbury Academic. Available at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-making-of-samuel-becketts-the-unnamablelinnommable-9781472529510/.
Weller, S. (2011). Modernism and Nihilism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Weller, S. (2008). Literature, Philosophy, Nihilism: The Uncanniest of Guests. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Weller, S. (2006). Beckett, Literature, and the Ethics of Alterity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Weller, S. (2005). A Taste for the Negative: Beckett and Nihilism. Oxford: Legenda.
Edited book
Schaffner, A.K. and Weller, S. eds. (2012). Modernist Eroticisms: European Literature after Sexology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Weller, S. and Hutchinson, B. eds. (2011). Archive, special issue of Comparative Critical Studies, 8:2-3 (2011). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Weller, S. ed. (2009). Samuel Beckett, Molloy. London: Faber & Faber.
Baldwin, T., Fowler, J. and Weller, S. eds. (2007). The Flesh in the Text. Oxford: Peter Lang.
Weller, S. ed. (1993). Voltaire, Candide. New York: Dover.
Article
Weller, S. (2018). For a Migrant Art: Samuel Beckett and Cultural Nationalism. Journal of European Studies [Online] 48. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0047244118767822.
Weller, S. (2016). From 'Gedicht' to 'Genicht': Paul Celan and Language Scepticism. German Life and Letters [Online] 69:79-91. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glal.12108.
Weller, S. (2016). Performing the Negative: Kafka and the Origins of Late Modernism. Modern Language Review [Online] 111:775-794. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.111.3.0775.
Weller, S. (2015). Voidance: Linguistic Negativism in Maurice Blanchot's Fiction. French Studies [Online] 69:30-45. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knu232.
Weller, S. and Hutchinson, B. (2011). Archive Time. Comparative Critical Studies [Online] 8:133-153. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/ccs.2011.0015.
Weller, S. (2010). Staging Psychoanalysis: "Endgame" and the Freudian Theory of the Anal-Sadistic Phase. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 22:135-147.
Weller, S. and Van Hulle, D. (2010). Dossier: Adorno's Notes on Beckett. Journal of Beckett Studies 19:155-217.
Weller, S. (2009). "Some Experience of the Schizoid Voice": Samuel Beckett and the Language of Derangement. Forum for Modern Language Studies [Online] 45:32-50. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqn063.
Weller, S. (2008). "Ce mot sec et latin par surcroît": Maurice Blanchot, Literature and Nihilism. Forum for Modern Language Studies [Online] 44:307-321. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqn014.
Weller, S. (2008). Literature and the Politics of Madness: On the Twentieth-Century Reception of Friedrich Hölderlin in France and Germany. Comparative Critical Studies [Online] 5:193-206. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/E1744185408000402.
Weller, S. (2007). Nietzsche Among the Modernists: The Case of Wyndham Lewis. Modernism/Modernity 14:625-643.
Weller, S. (2006). When the Other Comes Too Close: Derrida and the Threat of Affinity. Kritikos [Online] 3. Available at: http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~nr03/weller.htm.
Weller, S. (2006). The Deaths of Poetry: Sylvia Plath and the Ethics of Modern Elegy. Textual Practice [Online] 20:49-69. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502360600559779.
Weller, S. (2006). "All the Dead Voices": Beckett and the Ethics of Elegy. Journal of Beckett Studies 16:94-106.
Weller, S. (2005). Last Laughs: Beckett and the Ethics of Comedy. Journal of Beckett Studies 15.
Weller, S. (2005). In Other Words: On the Ethics of Translation. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities [Online] 10:171-186. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09697250500424478.
Weller, S. (2003). Nothing to be Said: On the Inexpressible in Modern Literature and Philosophy. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities [Online] 8:91-108. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09697250301207.
Weller, S. (2000). The Word Folly: Samuel Beckett's "Comment dire" ("What Is the Word"). Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities [Online] 5:165-180. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09697250050134153.
Book section
Weller, S. (2018). Modernism and Language Scepticism. in: Maude, U. and Nixon, M. eds. The Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 63-79.
Weller, S. (2018). From Language Revolution to Literature of the Unword: Beckett as Late Modernist. in: Beloborodova, O., Van Hulle, D. and Verhulst, P. eds. Beckett and Modernism. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 37-52. Available at: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319703732.
Weller, S. (2015). The Tone of Displacement: Samuel Beckett, Robert Pinget and the Art of Adaptation. in: Nixon, M. and Pilling, J. eds. On in Their Company: Essays on Beckett, with Tributes and Sketches. Reading: Beckett International Foundation, pp. 25-44.
Weller, S. (2015). Beckett and Late Modernism. in: Van Hulle, D. ed. The New Cambridge Companion to Samuel Beckett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 89-102.
Weller, S. (2013). Zu einer Literatur des Unworts: Kafka, Beckett, Sebald. in: Nixon, M. ed. Samuel Beckett und die deutsche Literatur. Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 123-137. Available at: http://www.transcript-verlag.de/ts2067/ts2067.php.
Weller, S. (2013). Unquiet Prose: W. G. Sebald and the Writing of the Negative. in: Baxter, J., Henitiuk, V. and Hutchinson, B. eds. A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W. G. Sebald. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 56-73.
Weller, S. (2013). 'Who is Godot?': Beckett and Allegory. in: Ghosh, R. ed. In Dialogue with Godot: Waiting and Other Thoughts. New York: Lexington Books, pp. 175-190.
Weller, S. (2013). Forms of Weakness: Animalisation in Kafka and Beckett. in: Bryden, M. ed. Beckett and Animals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 13-26. Available at: http://www.cambridge.org/mx/academic/subjects/literature/english-literature-after-1945/beckett-and-animals.
Weller, S. (2013). Post-World War Two Paris. in: Uhlmann, A. ed. Samuel Beckett in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 160-172. Available at: http://www.cambridge.org/fr/knowledge/isbn/item6945168/Samuel%20Beckett%20in%20Context/?site_locale=fr_FR.
Weller, S. and Schaffner, A. (2012). Introduction. in: Schaffner, A. K. and Weller, S. eds. Modernist Eroticisms: European Literature after Sexology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-22. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=594803.
Weller, S. (2012). Decomposition: Georges Bataille and the Language of Necrophilia. in: Schaffner, A. K. and Weller, S. eds. Modernist Eroticisms: European Literature after Sexology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 169-194. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/Products/title.aspx?pid=594803.
Weller, S. (2012). 'All the Dead Voices': Beckett and the Ethics of Elegy. in: Gontarski, S. E. ed. The Beckett Critical Reader: Archives, Theories and Translations. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 224-238. Available at: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748665709.
Weller, S. (2011). Beckett's Last Chance: Les Editions de Minuit. in: Nixon, M. ed. Publishing Samuel Beckett. London: British Library, pp. 111-130.
Weller, S. (2010). Unwords. in: Caselli, D. ed. Beckett and Nothing: Trying to Understand Beckett. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 107-124.
Weller, S. (2010). Beckett and Ethics. in: Gontarski, S. E. ed. A Companion to Samuel Beckett. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 118-129.
Weller, S. (2009). Phenomenologies of the Nothing: Democritus, Heidegger, Beckett. in: Maude, U. and Feldman, M. eds. Beckett and Phenomenology. London and New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, pp. 39-55.
Weller, S. (2009). Beckett Among the Philosophes: The Critical Reception of Samuel Beckett in France. in: Nixon, M. and Feldman, M. eds. The International Reception of Samuel Beckett. London and New York: Continuum Publishing Press, pp. 24-39.
Weller, S. (2009). The Art of Indifference: Adorno's Manuscript Notes on "The Unnamable". in: Guardamagna, D. and Sebellin, R. M. eds. The Tragic Comedy of Samuel Beckett. Rome: Laterza, pp. 223-237.
Weller, S. (2009). The Anethics of Desire: Beckett, Racine, Sade. in: Smith, R. ed. Beckett and Ethics. New York and London: Continuum, pp. 102-117.
Weller, S. (2009). Preface. in: Weller, S. ed. Samuel Beckett, Molloy. London: Faber & Faber, p. vii-xx.
Weller, S. (2009). "Orgy of False Being Life in Common": Beckett and the Politics of Death. in: Barfield, S., Feldman, M. and Tew, P. eds. Beckett and Death. London and New York: Continuum, pp. 31-49.
Weller, S. (2008). Not Rightly Human: Beckett and Animality. in: Okamuro, M., Mori, N. and Clement, B. eds. Borderless Beckett: Beckett sans Frontieres. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi B.V., p. .
Weller, S. (2008). "Gnawing to be Naught": Beckett and Pre-Socratic Nihilism. in: Engelberts, M. et al. eds. Des Elements aux Traces: Elements and Traces. Rodopi, pp. 321-333.
Weller, S., Baldwin, T. and Fowler, J. (2007). Introduction. in: Baldwin, T., Fowler, J. and Weller, S. eds. The Flesh in the Text. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 9-18.
Weller, S. (2007). "Rather Than Nothing": Derrida, Literature, and the Resistance of Nihilism. in: Morgan Wortham, S. and Weiner, A. eds. Encountering Derrida: Legacies and Futures of Deconstruction. New York and London: Continuum, pp. 21-32.
Weller, S. (2007). Beckett/Blanchot: Debts, Legacies, Affinities. in: Nixon, M. and Feldman, M. eds. Beckett's Literary Legacies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 22-39.
Weller, S. (2007). The Politics of Body Language: The Beckett Embrace. in: Baldwin, T., Fowler, J. and Weller, S. eds. The Flesh in the Text. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 141-159.
Weller, S. (2006). Foreword. in: Feldman, M. ed. Beckett's Books: A Cultural History of Samuel Beckett's "Interwar Notes". New York and London: Continuum, p. vii-x.
Review
Weller, S. (2012). Review of Charlotte Ryland, 'Paul Celan's Encounters with Surrealism: Trauma, Translation and Shared Poetic Space'. Translation and Literature [Online] 21:430-435. Available at: https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/tal.2012.0093.
Weller, S. (2009). The Literary Work as Purgatorial Process. Journal of Beckett Studies [Online] 18:191-199. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/E0309520709000363.
Weller, S. (2007). Review of Matthijs Engelberts, Everett Frost and Jane Maxwell (eds.), 'Notes Diverse Holo: Catalogues of Beckett's Reading Notes and Other Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin, with supporting essays'. The Beckett Circle/Le Cercle de Beckett 30:23-24.
Weller, S. (2006). Toward the Unknotting of "Watt". Journal of Beckett Studies 15:195-203.
Forthcoming
Weller, S. (2019). Active Philology: Barthes and Nietzsche. French Studies 73.
Total publications in KAR: 63 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching

I teach modules on the history and theory of Comparative Literature.

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Comparative Literature, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 01/08/2018