I'm reading a book by JM Synge about his travels in the west of Ireland. Synge is known for Playboy of the Western World. I can't name any of his other works, although obviously I know that he was involved in the Abbey Theatre. I'd not read or seen any of his work so I … Continue reading Synge’s The Aran Islands: Civilisation as a Negative Influence
Over a week ago, I did some Wikipedia editing for the first time. The assignment was to chose a page relating to our research interest and edit it. The purpose of this was to encourage our engagement with the community. I'd like to write my thesis on the relationships between Irish and French literature so … Continue reading Wiki Time
Charlotte Smith was a Romantic poet. I think the movement is pretty much always associated with masculine passion and individualism but of course there were female Romantic poets. Google Romantic poets or male Romantic poets and the row of faces along the top is the same. Google female Romantic poets and you get fewer names. … Continue reading Echoes of Charlotte Smith
On Wednesday 22nd of January, I went to a seminar by Professor Alex Davis of the UCC School of English. It was about T.S. Eliot's engagement with detective fiction. I've taken two modules that Alex taught during my BA. The first was in second year. It was called Nineteenth Century Literature. He taught some classes … Continue reading Alex Davis lectures on T.S. Eliot
Last week, we started a new module called Gothic to Modernism. The previous module, Gender and Sexuality, was excellent. As the only man in the class, I loved that I could have my perspective broadened just by being there. Even so, this is the module I was most looking forward to. Gothic often means short … Continue reading French and Irish Gothic
My name's James. I'm doing an MA in Irish Writing and Film at the university in Cork, Ireland. I suppose I do have to do this for the course but really it's high time I started a blog. I write a lot of stuff in notebooks and such to the extent that even when I … Continue reading Why a blog?
I got a book of Maud Gonne's letters. It's called The Gonne-Yeats Letters 1893- 1938 but there's only 30 of his, most of which date from 1927 to 1938. In fact few of her letters appear in that section. I'm also expecting her autobiography, A Servant of the Queen, which I hope will come some … Continue reading First Impressions on Maud Gonne’s Letters