Publication Announcement: Beckett’s Afterlives – Edited by Jonathan Bignell, Anna McMullan and Pim Verhulst

Publication Announcement: Beckett’s Afterlives: Adaptation, Remediation, Appropriation (Edited by Jonathan Bignell, Anna McMullan, and Pim Verhulst, Manchester University Press, 2023)


Despite the steady rise in adaptations of Samuel Beckett’s work across the world following the author’s death in 1989, Beckett’s afterlives is the first book-length study dedicated to this creative phenomenon. The collection employs interrelated concepts of adaptation, remediation and appropriation to reflect on Beckett’s own evolving approach to crossing genre boundaries and to analyse the ways in which contemporary artists across different media and diverse cultural contexts – including the UK, Europe, the USA and Latin America – continue to engage with Beckett. The book offers fresh insights into how his work has kept inspiring both practitioners and audiences in the twenty-first century, operating through methodologies and approaches that aim to facilitate and establish the study of modern-day adaptations, not just of Beckett but other (multimedia) authors as well.