20 October 2012

Literature & Travel: Irish Writers in Japan


Please join us for the first seminar of the academic year:

Literature and Travel: 
Irish Writers in Japan 

Nicoletta Asciuto & Amy Finch
Durham University

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Wednesday, 31st October 2012
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Department of English Studies, Hallgarth House Seminar Room

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"GHOSTS AND BUTTERFLIES: SUPERNATURAL STORIES BETWEEN IRELAND AND JAPAN"
Nicoletta Asciuto, English Studies, Durham
ABSTRACT
Nicoletta's paper will deal with supernatural stories written by William Butler Yeats and Lafcadio Hearn and their recurring images of ghosts and butterflies as spirits of the dead, showing how they actually have much in common - a shared sensibility to supernatural, and a similar lack of distinction
between dream and reality - despite their being written in two countries miles apart from each other.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
 Nicoletta completed her BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures at Universit√† Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, in 2009. She then moved to Trinity College Dublin for her master's degree in Comparative Literature, and she is now a PhD candidate at Durham, focussing on T. S. Eliot's imagery of light. Her interests range from cinema and photography to Chinese and Japanese culture.

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"JAPAN AND EARLY IRISH LYRICS IN THE POETRY OF JOHN HEWITT, SEAMUS HEANEY AND PAUL MULDOON"
Amy Finch, English Studies, Durham
ABSTRACT
Amy's paper argues that contemporary Northern Irish poets identify a fundamental similarity between early Irish and Japanese poetry. Three poets - John Hewitt, Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon - explore the creative possibilities opened up by such cross-cultural dialogue. 
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Amy completed a Bachelor's degree in English Literature at Durham University in 2009, then a Master's degree in English Literature (1900-present) at the University of Oxford. She is now a second year PhD candidate at Durham University, focusing on mid-twentieth century Northern Irish poetry.

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2 October 2012

Inventions of the Text 2012 - Call for Papers!!!


After the last year’s success, the Inventions of the Text, a staff-student fortnightly seminar series is back for 2012!

This lecture series is organised by the Department of English Studies at Durham University, and gives PhD students within the Department an opportunity to present their work.

Lectures should be of 45 minutes' duration, with extra time for questions. Joint lecture proposals of an hour's duration are also welcome. The theme for this year’s lectures is “Literature and …” This is meant to encourage an interdisciplinary approach. Possible lecture topics could be “Literature and War”, “Literature and Philosophy”, “Literature and Art”, and so on.

For more information about Inventions of the Text 2012, please feel free to e-mail us at inventionsofthetext@gmail.com, or visit our blog at inventionsofthetext.blogspot.co.uk.

DATES and VENUE:
The lectures will be held fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons, at the English Department.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 7th October, 2012
Please e-mail us a short lecture proposal of up to 250 words, including a tentative title.

Please feel free to e-mail us in case of further questions.


Amy Finch, Natasha Cooper, and Nicoletta Asciuto