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Heaney's Aesthetics: Buddhist Perspectives

Friday, 30 June 2017, 1 – 2pm

Heaney's Aesthetics: Buddhist Perspectives

Dr Dhananjay Singh is Assistant Professor at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where he teaches MA and MPhil courses and supervises research on Indian aesthetics, comparative aesthetics, Modern Irish Literature, and Indian philosophy of language. He is visiting the Trinity Long Room Hub as a SPECTRESS fellow.

Dr Singh has published on comparative aesthetics, Indian poetics, Buddhist literature and philosophy, as well as Irish writing. His publications include Fables in the Indian Narrative Tradition: An Analytical Study (2011) and he is the assistant editor of the forthcoming Mutual Regards: Anthology of Indo-Irish Writings.

In this public lecture Dr Singh will explore Buddhist perspectives on the work of Seamus Heaney. Drawing its analytical categories from the Mahayana Buddhism of Nagarjuna (1st century CE), Dr Singh’s lecture will contend that writing for Heaney is attained by an intense consciousness of suffering, inward and in-depth, as the self in the phenomenal world crosses over from the sites of killings to the “frontiers of writing.” Writing is an act of violence inflicted by the self upon itself, a self which is recognised in a space of creative alterity. It is in this space of the shunya (void) that Heaney develops his ‘technique’ of progression through sectarian identities of Catholic nationalist and Protestant Ulsterman, Irish and British, Celtic and Christian – transcending even political pluralism into an ethics of freedom.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Trinity Long Room Hub
Contact Phone: 01 896 3174
Contact Emailtlrh@tcd.ie
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