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"No Petty People": The Making of Literary Ireland

  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building The University of Melbourne Parkville, VIC 3010 Australia (map)

Professor Ronan McDonald delivers the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Lecture: ‘No Petty People’: The Making of Literary Ireland 

For a small country, Ireland has an immense literary heritage and international reputation. This lecture considers some political, social and cultural reasons why this is so. It reflects on the anomalous conditions in which Ireland grappled with modernity in the aftermath of the Great Famine. It assesses the cultural nationalism that led to the extraordinary flowering of the Irish Literary Revival, led by W.B. Yeats, not only in national terms but also enmeshed within wider European intellectual and cultural agendas.  Free entry.

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Earlier Event: April 11
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Later Event: April 13
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