Comparative Literature

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Professor Shane Weller

Professor of Comparative Literature

 

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 co-director of the MA in Modern European Literature. My publications include books on Samuel Beckett, literature and ethics, and literature and nihilism, plus essays on a range of writers and literary theorists, including Georges Bataille, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Franz Kafka, Wyndham Lewis, Sylvia Plath, and W. G. Sebald. I am a 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.

Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project (accessible to University of Kent users only via this link)

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Publications

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Book
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. (2016). Performing the Negative: Kafka and the Origins of Late Modernism. Modern Language Review [Online] 111:775-794. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/modelangrevi.111.3.0775?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.
Weller, S. (2016). From 'Gedicht' to 'Genicht': Paul Celan and Language Scepticism. German Life and Letters [Online] 69:79-91. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1468-0483.
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. and Van Hulle, D. (2010). Dossier: Adorno's Notes on Beckett. Journal of Beckett Studies 19:155-217.
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. (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). "All the Dead Voices": Beckett and the Ethics of Elegy. Journal of Beckett Studies 16:94-106.
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). 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. (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. (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. (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. (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). '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). 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). 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. (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. (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. 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. (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). "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. (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). 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). Preface. in: Weller, S. ed. Samuel Beckett, Molloy. London: Faber & Faber, p. vii-xx.
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. -221.
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). 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. (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. (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. (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.
Total publications in KAR: 56 [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

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email the department

Last Updated: 26/07/2016