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'Bold Girls: A Literary History of Wild Irish Girls'

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 5 – 6:30pm

'Bold Girls: A Literary History of Wild Irish Girls'

In this talk Dr Cahill explores the figure of the unruly Irish girl in children’s fiction. She will particularly focus on the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, looking at the extraordinary volume of novels published in the period that feature wild Irish girls: girls who disrupt schools, who become artists, who open factories, and who even engage in revolutionary activity. These girls will be considered alongside more recent YA fiction, novels which highlight the ‘bold girl’ in all her complexity. The work of 19th century writers such as L.T. Meade, Rosa Mulholland and Katharine Tynan as well as contemporary writers such as Louise O'Neill and Moira Fowley-Doyle will be considered.
The free public lecture will mark the launch of a new exhibition entitled Story Spinners: Irish Women and Children’s Books, in the Long Room, Old Library, Trinity, which celebrates the skill and artistry of Irish women writers and illustrators. The exhibition and public talk form part of Children's Books Ireland's BOLD GIRLS initiative which is celebrating female Irish authors and illustrators who have made an exceptional contribution to the canon of Irish children’s literature.  #storyspinnersTCD
“Highlighting a vibrant literary culture that represents Irish girls in a variety of capacities changes their story and it is worth looking back at these wild Irish girls and considering the ways in which an awareness of their potential might offer the contemporary moment new paradigms of being a girl.”
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Bio: Dr Susan Cahill is an Associate Professor in the School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montréal. She is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London for the academic year 2017/18. Her research interests include Irish girls’ literary cultures, children’s and YA fiction, and contemporary Irish literature, particularly women’s writing. 

Read More about Dr Cahill here
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Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Classes, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but registration is essential

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