Book Launch: Trauma and Recovery in the Twenty-First Century Irish Novel, by Kathleen Costello Sullivan
(Note: Book launch to begin immediately following the Dalsimer Lecture.)
The desire to engage and confront traumatic subjects was a facet of Irish literature for much of the twentieth century. Yet, just as Irish society has adopted a more direct and open approach to the past, so too have Irish authors evolved in their response to, and literary uses of, trauma.
In Trauma and Recovery in the Twenty-First-Century Irish Novel, Costello-Sullivan considers the ways in which the Irish canon not only represents an ongoing awareness of trauma as a literary and cultural force, but also how this representation has shifted since the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty- first century.
Costello-Sullivan explores the work of Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Anne Enright, Emma Donohue, Colum McCann, and Sebastian Barry. In highlighting the power of narrative to amend and address memory and trauma, Costello-Sullivan argues that these works reflect a movement beyond merely representing trauma toward also representing the possibility of recovery from it.
Kathleen Costello-Sullivan, who received her PhD in Irish Studies from Boston College in 2004, is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of modern Irish literature at Le Moyne College, and serves as vice president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. She is the author of Mother/ Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín and editor of Carmilla: A Critical Edition and a critical edition of Poor Women by Norah Hoult.
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 5:00pm
Devlin Hall, 101
Devlin Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467