Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

School of English Research Seminar

Susan Cahill (Concordia University, Montreal), This is No Country for Young Girls?: Irish Girlhood in the Revival Period

The “invention” of girlhood and the “invention” of the Irish nation encompassed by the Irish Literary Revival, cultural nationalism, and the drive towards independence, occupy the same time period, yet connections between the “new girl” and the work of nation have yet to be explored. While Irish boyhood during the period has been the subject of several studies, Irish girlhood has received little to no attention. This talk explores the intersections between nationalist politics and discourses of female adolescence considering the idea of a revolutionary girlhood and the place of the girl in Revival-era texts. Dr Susan Cahill is an Associate Professor in the School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montréal. She is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London for the academic year 2017/18. Her research interests include Irish girls’ literary cultures, children’s and YA fiction, and contemporary Irish literature, particularly women’s writing.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 3-4pm
Location: O'Rahilly Building 2.12
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Clíona Ó Gallchoir
021 4903288

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