Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
School of English Public Lecture
Nicholas Allen: Frank O’Connor, Cork and the World of Literature
About the lecture: Frank O’Connor, Cork and the World of Literature Frank O’Connor began to write in a world overshadowed by revolutionary change. The idea of Ireland had been fought over for decades before O’Connor found his voice as a writer, a voice he practiced in letters, little magazines and books. Cork was an abiding presence in O’Connor’s art and a gateway to the world of literature of which he became so prominent a part. That Cork was a city of poverty and the lanes, but sensible still of its older past as an outpost of a maritime empire anchored in trade. The image of this other world out beyond the boundaries of an Ireland that spent the first phase of independence in inward retreat shadowed the perceptions of many artists who have worked in Cork and its hinterlands.
This lecture will situate O’Connor’s Cork in context of the city’s submerged history as one point in an imperial network of cultural association, the remains of which can be seen in its built architecture today. With reference to Daniel Corkery, Sean O’Faolain, Elizabeth Bowen, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Theo Dorgan, Kevin Barry and others, this lecture will situate O’Connor’s achievement in a longstanding literary conversation about Cork and its changing place in the world of ideas. About the speaker: Nicholas Allen is Director of the Willson Center and Franklin Professor of English at the University of Georgia. His books include Modernism, Ireland and Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and George Russell and the New Ireland (2003). With Cormac O’Malley he edited Broken Landscapes: Selected letters of Ernie O'Malley (Lilliput, 2011). Allen's work is located at the intersection between literature, history and visual culture. His interests include the study of modernism, empire, and writing about ocean and archipelago.
|Category:||Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences|
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