Pim Verhulst

Postdoctoral researcher

Ongoing Research

Projects

Intermediality and Postwar British Fiction

My current research project studies intermedial exchanges between radio, on the one hand, and poetry, prose and theatre, on the other hand, in postwar British fiction. It uses the works of Dylan Thomas, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard and Caryl Churchill as case studies to investigate how their experience with the radio medium, primarily through the BBC, has influenced and shaped their work in the more traditional literary genres for which they have all been hailed as innovators. Part of this innovative drive, I wish to argue, is due to the fresh input they received from the relatively new medium of radio broadcasting, allowing them to reinvestgate and question the older genres of poetry, prose and theatre through technology. While the impact of visual media like cinema and television on their work has received considerable attention, the acoustic medium of radio has been mostly neglected. Nevertheless, Thomas, Beckett, Pinter, Stoppard and Churchill have all written profusely for the airwaves, often being involved in adaptations of their work from radio to stage and vice versa. Primarily working with archival materials at the BBC Written Archives in Caversham and the BBC Sound Archive at the British Library in London, the project also combines the personal archives of these authors with theoretical insights from adaptation, media and sound studies, radio theory and audionarratology to answer three main research questions: 1) What makes radio and theatre so different and what are their unique characteristics? 2) How can intermediality be defined and what place does it have in postwar British fiction? 3) Which aspects of radio and stage drama are adapted in the crossover from one medium to the other and how does that affect the reception of the literary work in question?      

Creative Undoing and Textual Scholarship / Beckett Digital Manuscript Project

From 2015-2017 I was hired as a postdoc researcher on a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC), entitled 'Creative Undoing and Textual Scholarship' (CUTS). It is supervised by Professor Dirk Van Hulle and aims to bring together the disciplines of genetic criticism and textual scholarship. They have always insisted on their respective differences, the former studying drafts to understand the dynamics of the writing process, the latter primarily with a view to establishing a critical edition of a literary text. The CUTS project, however, suggests a role reversal, in that genetic editions can be designed in such a way that they become a tool for manuscript research and genetic criticism. This suggested rapprochement between the two disciplines can only be achieved if we conceive of textual variants in a way that values creative undoing, and understand de-composition as essential to literary composition and invention. Samuel Beckett's manuscripts serve as a case study to assess the function of creative undoing in the process of literary invention, as well as its theoretical and practical implications for electronic scholarly editing and the genetic analysis of modern manuscripts. As an important part of its research output, the project aims to develop six additional bilingual modules in the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project (www.beckettarchive.org): Molloy, Malone Meurt / Malone Dies, L'Innommable / The Unnamable, Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière bande, Fin de partie / Endgame, and En attendant Godot / Waiting for Godot. My role within CUTS is to study the genesis of the English Molloy and Malone Dies, by editing the online digital genetic editions of these novels, and co-authoring the two monographs that analyze their geneses, together with Dirk Van Hulle and Magessa O'Reilly: The Making of Samuel Beckett's Molloy and The Making of Samuel Beckett's Malone meurt / Malone Dies (forthcoming with Bloomsbury).         

Samuel Beckett and the Radio Medium

My PhD dissertation, 'The Making of Samuel Beckett's Radio Plays: Interpretative Implications of Reading and Writig Traces' (defence December 2014, assessors Shane Weller and Matthew Feldman) was a manuscript study of the six scripts that Beckett wrote for the radio medium. It laid the foundation for an upcoming module in the BDMP, The Making of Samuel Beckett's Radio Plays, to appear with Bloomsbury. The online genetic edition will contain facsimiles and transcriptions of all the draft versions relating to All That Fall, Embers, Pochade radiophonique, Words and Music, Esquisse radiophonique and Cascando, as well as their (self-)translations - Tous ceux qui tombent, Cendres, Rough for Radio II, Words and Music, Rough for Radio I and Cascando. The adjoining monograph guides readers through the genetic documents of the radio plays and explains how the texts were written and translated. It follows the 'intent of undoing' - generally associated with the genesis of Beckett's drama by S. E. Gontarski - as a guiding principle. Though originally a radio play by Robert Pinget (La Manivelle), Beckett's 'adaptation' of it as The Old Tune will also be included in both the online genetic edition and the monograph. The genetic study of the radio plays will be expanded with a second monograph: Samuel Beckett and the Radio Medium (Edinburgh University Press). Drawing on a wide variety of archival material, but also on radio theory and the narratology of radio drama, it seeks to illustrate how Beckett gradually explored the medium in the scripts explicitly written for it. His six radio plays will also be related to his prose and drama - including adaptations of the radio work - to study how deeply Beckett's brief but crucial experience with radio between 1956 and 1962 affected his later writing in the more familiar and 'traditional' genres. Parts of this larger research project will be dealt with more thoroughly in journal articles and book chapters.          

Selected publications

Articles

SBTAJOBS

Book chapters

Books

Edited Volumes

Forthcoming Publications

Articles

Pim Verhulst. '"Out of Sympathy with English Listeners": Beckett's The Old Tune and the Cultural Politics of the BBC Third Programme'. Estudios Irlandeses 15 (2020). 

Pim Verhulst. Dirk Van Hulle and Olga Beloborodova. 'Beckett in Antwerp'. Journal of Beckett Studies 29.1 (2020). ('Beckett and Pedagogy' special issue, ed. by Nicholas Johnson and Jonathan Heron)

Pim Verhulst. 'L'Abstraction du corps dans les pièces radiophoniques de Samuel Beckett'. Samuel Beckett, un écrivain de l'abstraction? Ed. Llewellyn Brown. Caen: Lettres Modernes Minard (2020). 

Pim Verhulst and Olga Beloborodova. '"Mixing Media", or, the Bee and the Bonnet: Play Between Radio, Theatre, Television and Film'. Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui 32.1 (2020). ('Beckett and Intermediality' special issue, ed. by Emilie Morin, Trish McTighe and Mark Nixon). 

Pim Verhulst. 'Mediality and Radio Aesthetics in Harold Pinter's Early Drama'. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 40.3 (2020).

Pim Verhulst and Dirk Van Hulle. 'Shakespeare in Samuel Beckett's Library'. The Library (2020).

Pim Verhulst and Dirk Van Hulle. 'Reconstructing Collaborative (Self-)Translations from the Archive: The Case of Samuel Beckett'. META: Translator's Journal (2021). ('Translation Archives' special issue, ed. by Anthony Cordingley and Patrick Hersant) 

Book Chapters

Pim Verhulst. 'Music, Voice and Denarrativization in Samuel Beckett's Radio Play Cascando'. Audionarratology: Lessons from the Radio Play. Ed. Lars Bernaerts and Jarmila Mildorf. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2019. 

Pim Verhulst. 'Dylan Thomas, Samuel Beckett en de blindheid van het radiomedium'. Literatuur en het hoorspel in Nederland en Vlaanderen. Ed. Lars Bernaerts en Siebe Bluijs. Academia Press / Lannoo, 2019. (SEL series) 

Pim Verhulst and Dirk Van Hulle. 'Shifting Cultural Affinities in Molloy: A Genetic Bilingual Approach'. Samuel Beckett and World Literature. Ed. Thirthankar Chakraborty and Juan Luis Toribio Vazquez. London: Bloomsbury, 2019. 

Pim Verhulst. 'Beckett's Remediated Bodies: Intersections of Radio and Theatre'. Beckett and the Media. Ed. Philipp Schweighauser, Balázs Rapcsák and Mark Nixon. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020.

Pim Verhulst. 'Beckett's Technography: Traces of Radio in the Late Prose'. Beckett and Technology. Ed. Mark Nixon, Einat Adar and Galina Kiryushina. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020.

Pim Verhulst and Jarmila Mildorf. 'Introduction: Music, Narrativity and Radio Drama'. Word, Sound and Music in Radio Drama. Ed. Pim Verhulst and Jarmila Mildorf. Amsterdam and New York: Brill, 2020. 

Pim Verhulst. 'The Concept Album as Soundscape: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in Tom Stoppard's Radio Play Darkside'. Word, Sound and Music in Radio Drama. Ed. Pim Verhulst and Jarmila Mildorf. Amsterdam and New York: Brill, 2020.

Pim Verhulst and Jarmila Mildorf. 'Radio Art and Music: An Introduction'. Radio Art and Music: Culture, Aesthetics, Politics. Ed. Pim Verhulst and Jarmila Mildorf. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2020.

Pim Verhulst. 'The Soundtrack of the Revolution: Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n Roll from Stage to Radio'. Radio Art and Music: Culture, Aesthetics, Politics. Ed. Pim Verhulst and Jarmila Mildorf. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2020.

Pim Verhulst. 'Radio Plays'. The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Beckett. Ed. Dirk Van Hulle and Mark Nixon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021. 

Pim Verhulst, Anna Mcmullan and Jonathan Bignell. 'Introduction: Beckett's "Adaphatroce" Revisited'. Beckett's Afterlives: Adaptation, Remediation, Appropriation. Ed. Pim Verhulst, Anna McMullan and Jonathan Bignell. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. 

Pim Verhulst and Feargal Whelan. 'Straight Readings Made Crooked: Performing All That Fall off Radio'. Beckett's Afterlives: Adaptation, Remediation, Appropriation. Ed. Pim Verhulst, Anna McMullan and Jonathan Bignell. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. 

Pim Verhulst. 'Caryl Churchill's Genre-Busting (Radio) Drama: Identical Twins Between Media'. Tuning into the Neo-Avant Garde: Experimental Radio Plays in the Postwar Period. Ed. Pim Verhulst, Lars Bernaerts, Siebe Bluijs and Inge Arteel. Manchester University Press, 2021.

Pim Verhulst, Siebe Bluijs, Lars Bernarts and Inge Arteel. 'Introduction: Tuning in to the Neo-Avant Garde'. Tuning into the Neo-Avant Garde: Experimental Radio Plays in the Postwar Period. Ed. Pim Verhulst, Lars Bernaerts, Siebe Bluijs and Inge Arteel. Manchester University Press, 2021.

Pim Verhulst. 'Transliteration vs. (Self-)Translation: The Beckett-Pinget Collaboration on the French Version of the Radio Play Embers (Cendres)'. Beckett and Translation. Ed. José Francisco Fernández and Mar Garre García, 2021.

Pim Verhulst and Dirk Van Hulle. 'Samuel Beckett'. Archival Modernisms: A Guide to Research. Ed. Erik Tonning, Anna Svendsen and Jamie Callison. Bloomsbury, 2022. (Historicizing Modernism series)

Pim Verhulst. 'Radio'. Toward a Comparative History of the Literary Draft in Europe. Ed. Dirk Van Hulle and Olga Beloborodova. John Benjamins, 2022. (Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages series)

Edited Volumes

Pim Verhulst and Jarmila Mildorf. Word, Sound and Music in Radio Drama. Amsterdam and New York: Brill, 2020. (Word and Music Studies series)

Pim Verhulst and Jarmila Mildorf. Radio Art and Music: Culture, Aesthetics, Politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2020.

Pim Verhulst, Jonathan Bignell and Anna McMullan. Beckett's Afterlives: Adaptation, Remediation, Appropriation. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. (New Interpretations of Beckett in the 21st Century series)

Pim Verhulst, Inge Arteel, Lars Bernaerts and Siebe Bluijs. Tuning into the Neo-Avant Garde: Experimental Radio Plays in the Postwar Period. Manchester University Press, 2021.

Books

Pim Verhulst. The Making of Samuel Beckett's Radio Plays. University Press Antwerp / Bloomsbury, 2020. (Beckett Digital Manuscript Project series)

Pim Verhulst, Mark Nixon and Dirk Van Hulle. Beckett's Art Books. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. (Elements of Beckett Studies series)

Pim Verhulst. Samuel Beckett and the Radio Medium. Edinburgh University Press, 2021. (Other Becketts series)

Conference Presentations

Pim Verhulst. 'From Inferno to Sorrento: Beckett, Radio and the Italia Prize', Beckett & Italy Conference, University of Reading, 7-8 November.

Pim Verhulst. 'From "Fragments" to Family Voices: The Genesis of Pinter's Radio Play', Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies Conference, University of Leeds, 19-21 September 2019.

Pim Verhulst. 'The Concept Album as Soundscape: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in Tom Stoppard's Radio Play Darkside', Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Conference, University of Navarra, Pamplona, 30 May-1 June 2019.

Pim Verhulst. 'Transliteration vs. (Self-)Translation: The Beckett-Pinget Collaboration on the French version of Embers (Cendres)', Samuel Beckett and Translation, (5th Annual Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society), University of Almeria, 11 May 2019.

Pim Verhulst. 'The Making of Samuel Beckett's Radio Plays'. Beckett Digital Manuscript Project Workshop. Centre for Manuscript Genetics, University of Antwerp, 26 April 2019.

Pim Verhulst and Olga Beloborodova. 'Human Machines Petrified: Play's Mineral Mechanics and Les statues meurent aussi', Beckett and the Nonhuman, Free University of Brussels, 8 February 2019.

Pim Verhulst. 'Identical Twins in Sister Media: Caryl Churchill's Radio-Theatre', Tuning in to the Neo-Avant Garde Conference, Ghent University, 29 November 2018.  

Pim Verhulst. ""Out of sympathy with English listeners": Beckett's The Old Tune and the Cultural Politics of the BBC Third Programme', BIF Seminar, University of Reading, 24 November 2018.

Pim Verhulst. 'Alain Resnais, Docufilm and the French Television Adaptation of All That Fall', Transdisciplinary Beckett (4th Annual Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, 8 November 2018.

Pim Verhulst. 'Intermediality and Radio Aesthetics in Pinter's Late Theatre', Pinter on Film, Television and Radio Conference, British Library, 20 September 2018. 

Pim Verhulst. 'Beckett's Technography: Traces of Radio in the Late Prose'. Beckett and Technology Conference, Charles University, Prague, 13-15 September 2018.

Pim Verhulst. '"Look with thine ears": King Lear and Blindness in Beckett's Radio Drama', Samuel Beckett Summer School, Trinity College Dublin, 29 July-3 August 2018.

Pim Verhulst. 'Getting over Joyce in English: Portrait and Beckett's Radio Play Embers', The Art of James Joyce (the 26th International James Joyce Symposium), University of Antwerp, 11-16 June 2018.

Pim Verhulst and Dirk Van Hulle. 'The Beckett Manuscript Chronology: Linking the Letters to the Manuscripts', Corresponding with Beckett Conference, University of London, 1-2 June 2018.

Pim Verhulst and Dirk Van Hulle. 'The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project as a Modernist Archive', Historicizing Modernism / Modernist Archives Conference, University of York, 17-19 May 2018.

Pim Verhulst and Dirk Van Hulle: 'The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project as a Research Tool', ECHIC Conference Equip & Engage, University of Leuven, 6 April 2018.

Pim Verhulst. 'Beckett's Remediated Bodies: Intersections of Radio and Theatre', Beckett and the Media Conference, University of Basel, 23-24 March 2018.

Pim Verhulst. '"A microphone text, to be murmured": The Radiophonic Origins of How It Is'. Beckett Symposium, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 23 February 2018.

Pim Verhulst, 'Voice, Music and Denarrativization in Samuel Beckett's Radio Play Cascando', Audionarratology: Lessons from Audio Drama Workshop, University of Ghent, 20 February 2018.

Pim Verhulst. 'The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project', Digital Exhibit, Annual Modernism Studies Association Conference, Amsterdam, 11-12 August, 2017.

Pim Verhulst. 'The BDMP as a Research Tool'. Literary Archives in the Digital Age Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 8 July 2017.

Pim Verhulst. 'Endgame - Embers - Words & Music: (Self-)Censorship and the Cultural Politics of the BBC Third Programme'. Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), University of Utrecht, 7 July 2017.   

Pim Verhulst. 'Tempo and Music in Samuel Beckett's Cascando'. The Narratology of the Radio Play Workshop, Study Centre for Experimental Literature, Ghent University, 8 March 2017.

Pim Verhulst. 'The Making of Samuel Beckett's Radio Plays'. Beckett Digital Manuscript Project Workshop. Centre for Manuscript Genetics, University of Antwerp, 13-14 February, 2017.

Pim Verhulst. '"Ineluctable modality of the audible": Proteus and the Blind Medium of Radio in Embers.' London Beckett Seminar Conference, Samuel Beckett: Performance / Art / Writing, University of London, 28 May 2016. 

Pim Verhulst. 'The Influence of Radio on Samuel Beckett's Later Drama.'  Study Centre for Experimental Literature Workshop: Radiophonic Pieces and Literary Experiment, University of Ghent, 18 December 2015.

Pim Verhulst. 'Creative Undoing and Textual Scholarship.' Towards a Genetics of Translation: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives Symposium, University of Antwerp, 29 September 2015.

Pim Verhulst. 'Too Rough for Radio: The Censorship of Samuel Beckett's Drama on the BBC Third Programme.' Media and History Revisited: XXVI Conference of the International Association for Media and History, Indiana University Bloomington, 18 June 2015.

Pim Verhulst. 'Beckett's Adaphatroce: Rethinking Theatre through Radio.' Staging Beckett and Contemporary Theatre and Performance Cultures Conference, University of Reading, 10 April 2015.

Pim Verhulst. 'Problems of Transcription in Samuel Beckett's Cascando'. Beckett Digital Manuscript Project Workshop, University of Antwerp, 8 September 2014.

Pim Verhulst. 'The BBC as Commissioner of Beckett's Radio Plays.' Samuel Beckett and the BBC Symposium, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, 13 September 2013. 

Pim Verhulst. '"Just howls from time to time": Dating Beckett's Pochade radiophonique.' Beckett at Reading Conference, University of Reading, 5 April 2013. 

Pim Verhulst. 'Centrum en periferie in het tweetalige oeuvre van Samuel Beckett.' VAL-studiedag: de marges van de literatuur, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 16 November 2011. 

Pim Verhulst. 'Samuel Beckett's French Translation of Not I: A Process of Referential Abstraction.' BAAHE Annual Conference: A Sense of Place, University of Liège, 8 December 2007.

Conference (Co-)Organisation

'Beckett Digital Manuscript Workshop', University of Antwerp, 25-26 April 2019.

'Samuel Beckett and the Nonhuman', Free University of Brussels, 7-8 February 2019.

'Tuning in to the Neo-Avant Garde', Ghent University, 28-29 November 2018. 

'The Art of James Joyce', University of Antwerp, 11-16 June 2018.

'Beckett Digital Manuscript Workshop', University of Antwerp, 13-14 February 2017.

'Samuel Beckett and Modernism', University of Antwerp, 27-30 April 2016.

'Research Day of the Flemish Society for Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (VAL)', University of Antwerp, 29 April 2011. 

Research Stays

New York Public Library, Theatre Archives, Lincoln Center, New York. 20-21 December 2016.

Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Columbia University, New York. 19-20 December 2016.  

Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 12-17 December 2016.

Institut Mémoires de l'édition contempraine (IMEC), Caen. 25-28 October 2016.

BBC Sound Archives, British Library, London, 26-27 May 2016.

Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 15-20 June 2015.

Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University, New York. 18-19 June 2015.

Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, 19 January 2014.

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 9-14 December 2013.

Florida State University, Tallahassee, 4-6 December 2013.

National Library of Ireland, Dublin, 27 July 2013.

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 22-26 July 2013.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 18-22 February 2013. 

Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, 18-22 February 2013. 

BBC Written Archives, Caversham Reading, 24-25 July 2012.

Beckett International Foundation, University of Reading, 22-23 July 2012. 

Mags Bros. Ltd. Rare Manuscripts and Books Dealers, London, 3-5 April 2012.

Non-Academic Events

Interview with Director Ross Lipman, Samuel Beckett & (Not)Film, Bozar, Brussels, 11 March 2018.

Lecture on Samuel Beckett's Radio Plays, Annual General Meeting of the Flemish Authors Association (VVL), 19 February 2017.

Interview with Flemish author Peter De Voecht, Book Presentation 'Slachtvlinders', De Groene Waterman, Antwerp, 20 November 2015.

Interview with Artist/Director Stan Douglas, Screening of 'Film'/'Vidéo', deSingel, Antwerp, 27 October 2015.

Interview with Dutch author Harry Vaandrager, Book Presentation 'Koprot', De Groene Waterman, Antwerp, 25 May 2015.

Awards

Samuel Beckett Society Travel Burasry (£300), 2019.

MLA Prize for a Bibliography, Archive, or Digital Project, 2018.

'Gobelijn' for Best Teaching Assistent, University of Antwerp, 2016.

Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship ($1.500). Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2015.

Dissertation Fellowship ($1.500). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin Texas, 2013.