Research : Staff Research : Mark Nixon
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Ben Kingsley and Alan Howard in ’Waiting for Godot’ 1997 © John Haynes  


Research interests
My research focuses on Samuel Beckett’s manuscripts and his writing process, as well as Beckett’s relationship with the visual arts and German culture; I have worked extensively on Beckett’s 1937/37 ‘German Diaries’. Other research interests are James Joyce; Paul Celan; European literature with emphasis on period 1890-1940; History of Periodical Publishing 1900-1945; Irish writing; genetic manuscript studies, electronic scholarly editing.

Ongoing research projects
Having recently prepared an edition of Beckett’s Texts for Nothing and Other Shorter Prose 1950-76 (Faber, 2010), I am currently working on Beckett’s Library with Dirk Van Hulle (CUP, 2011). Other book projects include the collection of essays Publishing Samuel Beckett (British Library, 2011) and Beckett’s German Diaries (Continuum, 2011). I am also editing a critical edition of Beckett’s unpublished short story ‘Echo’s Bones’ (Faber, 2011). I am reviews editor of the Journal of Beckett Studies, a member of the editorial board of Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui and Co-Director of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project.

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