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Lost Tribes: Jews and Irish in Modern and Contemporary Literature

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 5:30 – 7pm

Lost Tribes: Jews and Irish in Modern and Contemporary Literature

A public lecture by Professor Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading) as part of an academic workshop on ‘Reimagining the Jews of Ireland: Historiography, Identity and Representation’ which is funded by Trinity Long Room Hub and the Herzog Centre.


Abstract: The talk will focus on individual writers –Joyce, Beckett, Francis Stuart, Harold Pinter, Djuna Barnes, Israel Zangwill, GB Shaw, T. S. Eliot and Edna O’Brien— also “Rivers of Babylon” by Sinead O'Connor and Jewtown (2016) by Simon Lewis. Professor Cheyette will explore the reasons why the Irish-Jewish conjunction is so important for modern and contemporary Irish and British literature (in contrast to the better known black-Jewish conjunction in the United States). The talk will draw on his long engagement with aspects of the topic as well as his personal connection—his Irish-Jewish mother was born in Waterford and raised on the outskirts of Dublin.

Bio: Bryan Cheyette is Chair in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Reading. He is the editor or author of ten books most recently Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish/Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History (Yale UP, 2014) and volume seven of the Oxford History of the Novel in English (on post-war British and Irish fiction) (OUP, 2016). He writes regularly for the TLS and is working on a short book on the Ghetto for Oxford UP and a longer book, Israel Zangwill: Ghetto, Melting Pot, Zion.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Campus information, Conferences, Courses, Key dates, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public

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