Lectures, Seminars and Readings Fall 2005


September 4th

Oscar's Shadow, The Wilde Trials and Ireland
Eibhear Walshe, University College Cork

September 23rd

Scottish Intellectuals and the Condition of Where?
Loyalty versus Contract from the Enlightenment to the Present
Christopher Harvie, University of Tubingen

September 30th


A one-day international colloquium that explores the position of Irish language and literature in the North American academy. Five outstanding scholars who incorporate Irish into their research projects will map future trends and directions for scholarly research. The speakers will present on the contributions of Irish to their research and examine the role of Irish in various disciplines – comparative literature, medieval studies, linguistics, contemporary literature, cultural studies and Indo-European poetics.

Speakers include: Minister Éamon Ó Cuív, Irish Government Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Prof. James McCloskey (UC Santa Cruz), Prof. Philip O’Leary (Boston College), Prof. Clare Carroll (CUNY), Prof. Tomás Ó Cathasaigh (Harvard University), Prof. Calvert Watkins (UCLA), and Prof. Breandán Ó Buachalla (Notre Dame).

WHY IRISH? is presented under the auspices of the Thomas J. and Kathleen O’Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature. The inaugural appointment is held by Professor Breandán Ó Buachalla.


October 7th

1885: The Afterlife of the National Tale
Sara Maurer, University of Notre Dame

October 14th

William Butler Yeats and the Abbey Theatre:Public and Private Politics
John Kelly, St. John's College, Oxford University


November 4th

Ulysses: Changing into an Animal
Maud Ellmann, University of Notre Dame

November 11th

A Dark and Treasonable Conspiracy:
The Queen vs. Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
Glenn Rosswurm, University of Notre Dame

November 18th

Mad Feary Father: 
'Schalken the painter' and Sheridan Le Fanu's Art of Darkness
,p .James Walton, University of Notre Dame
Co-sponsored by English Department, The Keough Institute for Irish Studies, the Ph.D. Program in Literature, ISLA (the Henkels Grant), the Department of Anthropology, the African and African-American Studies Program, and the Graduate School. ,/