The Referent of Ireland in the Nineteenth Century

Friday, Februrary 21, 2020

This conference builds on fresh work on reference—or how the text refers to a world outside of the text—in order to rethink the aesthetics and politics of nineteenth-century Irish literature. Responding to a set of shared readings, participants will ask big questions:

What does literature about nineteenth-century Ireland refer to, and what are its habits of reference? Does the referent change for readers across time? Now that old saws about Ireland’s failed realism have been put to bed, what purposes might be served by thinking about Irish referential habits? Does thinking about Ireland and reference strand nineteenth-century Ireland in old paradigms of representation that preclude us from thinking about mediation ? How does the nineteenth-century literature and culture of Ireland refer to our own culture and moment?

Please register for the conference online by January 15, 2020.

Thank you to Villanova's CLAS Faculty Research and Development Grant program, the Center for Irish Studies, Villanova’s English department, the Provost's Office, Teaching and Learning, P19, and Sara Maurer for their generous support of this conference.



Contact Information

Center for Irish Studies
Villanova University, SAC Room 105E
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Joseph Lennon
Phone: (610) 519-4647

Assistant Director,
Dr. Jennifer A. Joyce
Phone: (610) 519-8953

Administrative Assistant, 
Kiersten Ludy

Phone: (610) 519-7517

* Newsletter Spring 2020 January.pdf
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