Joshua Powell

Discipline: English

Project Summary

Perception, Attention, Imagery: Samuel Beckett and the Psychological Experiment

Taking as its starting point Samuel Beckett's study of psychology in the 1930s, my thesis compares Beckett's prose and drama with particular psychological experiments. Ultimately, I suggest that Beckett's writing is, itself, a form of psychological experimentation. Beckett's works, I argue, position and stimulate human bodies in ways that allow us to better understand our complex, but partial, experiences of the world.

Supervisory Team

First Supervisor: Professor Laura Salisbury (English)

Second Supervisor: Professor Stephen Monsell (Psychology)

Wider Research Interests

  • Literary Modernism/Modernity
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Literature and Psychology/Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis
  • Approaches to the Face in Twentieth-Century Culture
  • Literature and Attention
  • Philip Roth
  • Contemporary Literature and Theory