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Emeritus Professor Chris Ackerley

MA (Cant) PhD (Tor)

Email chris.ackerley@otago.ac.nz
Office 1N1
First Floor
Arts Building
Albany Street
Dunedin

Mail English and Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Projects

Conference — "Unattended Moments": The Medieval Presence in the Modernist Aesthetic

The Malcolm Lowry Project: Under the Volcano

The Beckett Monad, in build-up and final form.

Expertise

My field is Modernism, with expertise in Malcolm Lowry and Samuel Beckett, and research interests in Nabokov, Eliot, Pound, Joyce, J. G. Farrell, Borges and Roa Bastos. My research speciality is annotation.

Teaching

ENGL 121 English Literature: The Remix
ENGL 131 Controversial Classics
ENGL 250 Special Topic: Irish Literature in English (not offered 2018)

Possible Supervision

I am willing to supervise sensible theses on the above authors but also on some aspects of Irish Literature or Literature and Science (but not Science Fiction). I have annotated Lowry and Beckett extensively, and while interested in all aspects of these authors, I am also willing to supervise editorial and/or annotation projects on other texts and writers. Theoretical orientation: I am unsympathetic to what Alan Sokal calls the "intellectual impostures" of postmodernism, but I am at ease with genetic criticism, although most of my research interrogates or reflects the principles and problems of validity in interpretation.

Current Research

My current major projects are:
(1) a study of Samuel Beckett and Science (London: Continuum);
(2) annotating three works by Malcolm Lowry: (i) a long-lost but newly-discovered novel, In Ballast to the White Sea, (ii) the 1940 Volcano, and (iii) Swinging the Maelstrom; as part of the EMiC (Editing Manuscripts in Canada) project, in association with the U Ottawa Press;
(3) a Marsden-funded study of the modernist aesthetic, with reference to its Medieval roots and traditions, in association with the Centre for Modernism and Christianity (University of Bergen).

I am on the advisory boards of the Journal of Beckett Studies, Samuel Beckett Today (Amsterdam), Historicising Modernism (London: Continuum P), Modernism and Christianity (U Bergen), Otago French Notes (U Otago) and the Ionesco-Beckett Research Centre (National University of Theatre and Cinematography, Bucharest).

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Publications

Ackerley, C. J., & Gontarski, S. E. (2004). The grove companion to Samuel Beckett: A reader's guide to his works, life, and thought. New York: Grove Press, 686p.

Ackerley, C. J. (Ed.). (2009). Watt: Samuel Beckett. London: Faber, 223p.

Ackerley, C. (2010). Obscure locks, simple keys: The annotated 'Watt'. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 296p.

Ackerley, C. (2010). Demented particulars: The annotated 'Murphy'. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 264p.

Ackerley, C. & Large, D. (2009). The Malcolm Lowry Project: Under the volcano: A hypertextual companion [Website]. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/english/lowry

Other Research Output

Ackerley, C. & Large, D. (2009). The Malcolm Lowry Project: Under the volcano: A hypertextual companion [Website]. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/english/lowry

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Authored Book - Research

Ackerley, C. (2010). Obscure locks, simple keys: The annotated 'Watt'. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 296p.

Ackerley, C. (2010). Demented particulars: The annotated 'Murphy'. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 264p.

Ackerley, C. J. (2007). T.S. Eliot: 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' and The Waste Land. Tirril, UK: Humanities-Ebooks.co.uk, 115p. Retrieved from http://www.humanities-ebooks.co.uk/Catalogue/Prufrock_and_The_Waste_Land.html

Ackerley, C. J., & Gontarski, S. E. (2004). The grove companion to Samuel Beckett: A reader's guide to his works, life, and thought. New York: Grove Press, 686p.

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Edited Book - Research

Ackerley, C. J. (Ed.). (2009). Watt: Samuel Beckett. London: Faber, 223p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Ackerley, C. (2011). Samuel Beckett and Faber & Faber. In M. Nixon (Ed.), Publishing Samuel Beckett. (pp. 171-186). London: British Library.

Ackerley, C. (2011). Style: Coetzee and Beckett. In T. Mehigan (Ed.), A companion to the works of J.M. Coetzee. (pp. 23-38). Rochester, NY: Camden House.

Ackerley, C. (2010). ″Delite in swynes draf″: Husks and lees, sugarbeet pulp and roses in Samuel Beckett's ″Draff″. In E. Tonning, M. Feldman, M. Engelberts & D. van Hulle (Eds.), Samuel Beckett: Debts and legacies. (pp. 39-50). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Ackerley, C. J. (2010). Samuel Beckett and science. In S. E. Gontarski (Ed.), A companion to Samuel Beckett. (pp. 143-163). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Ackerley, C. (2009). Afterword: Samuel Beckett's cemeteries. In S. Barfield, M. Feldman & P. Tew (Eds.), Beckett and death. (pp. 206-222). London: Continuum.

Smith, R., & Ackerley, C. (2009). Samuel Beckett's reception in Australia and New Zealand. In M. Nixon & M. Feldman (Eds.), The international reception of Samuel Beckett. (pp. 108-128). London: Continuum.

Ackerley, C. (2009). The 'distinct context of relevant knowledge': Samuel Beckett's 'Yellow' and the phenomenology of annotation. In U. Maude & M. Feldman (Eds.), Beckett and phenomenology. (pp. 194-209). London: Continuum.

Ackerley, C. (2009). ″The past in monochrome″: (In)voluntary memory in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape. In D. Guardamagna & R. M. Sebellin (Eds.), The tragic comedy of Samuel Beckett: ″Beckett in Rome″: 17-19 April 2008. (pp. 277-291). Rome, Italy: UniversitÀ degli Studi di Roma.

Ackerley, C. (2007). Paradise Street blues: Malcolm Lowry's Liverpool. In M. Murphy & D. Rees-Jones (Eds.), Writing Liverpool: Essays and interviews. (pp. 55-71). Liverpool University Press.

Ackerley, C. (2007). Samuel Beckett and anthropomorphic insolence. In D. van Hulle & M. Nixon (Eds.), ″All sturm and no drang″: Beckett and romanticism: Beckett at Reading 2006. (pp. 77-90). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Rodopi.

Ackerley, C. (2006). 'Schapiro, Boris (1909-2002)'. In Oxford dictionary of national biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/88702

Ackerley, C. J. (2006). Samuel Beckett and Max Nordau: Degeneration, sausage poisoning, the bloodied rafflesia, coenaesthesis, and the Not-I. In S. E. Gontarski & A. Uhlmann (Eds.), Beckett after Beckett. (pp. 167-176). Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

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Journal - Research Article

Ackerley, C. J. (2011). "Primeval mud impenetrable dark": Towards an annotation of Comment c'est/How it is. Modernism/Modernity, 18(4), 789-800. doi: 10.1353/mod.2011.0090

Ackerley, C. (2011). Éléments recyclés dans Words and music/Paroles et musique. Revue des Lettres Modernes, (Samuel Beckett 2), 57-76.

Ackerley, C. (2011). Monadology: Samuel Beckett and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Sofia Philosophical Review, 5(1), 122-145.

Ackerley, C. (2007). Fairy-tales and flagellation: Samuel Beckett's 'Sanies II'. Fulcrum, 6, 584-603.

Ackerley, C. (2004). ″Perfection is not of this world″: Samuel Beckett and mysticism. Mystics Quarterly, 30(1-2), 28-55.

Ackerley, C. J. (1996). 'Do not despair': Samuel Beckett and Robert Greene. Journal of Beckett Studies, 6(1), 119-124.

Ackerley, C. J. (1995). 'Pale Fire': three notes towards a thetic solution. Nabokov Studies, 2, 86-102.

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