Literature 1710-Present

Durham University
Literature 1710-Present
Patrick Lillie

Whilst some fields of literature have become saturated with academic criticism, others remain neglected due to canonical elitism. The current obscurity of eighteenth and nineteenth-century chapbook literature is emblematic of the way in which...

University of East Anglia
Literature 1710-Present
Timothy Anderson

In this essay I address Duncan Large’s translation theory, grounded in Nietzsche’s understanding of the Greek agon, by taking up the question of Nietzsche’s influence on politics and literature over the formative years of Irish constitutional...

University of Alberta
Literature 1710-Present
Sarah Davidson

This essay explores the significance of Cretan mythology in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. By alluding to Daedalus, Icarus, the Minotaur, and the labyrinth in depicting the relationship between a young lesbian woman and...

University of Warwick
Literature 1710-Present
Gah-Kai Leung

While political geography has long been concerned with the politicization of maps in the real world, academic interest is turning to the significance of maps for literary texts. To that end, in this paper I investigate the representation of...

Western University
Literature 1710-Present
Theresa Bailie

In this essay I show the complications that arise when psychoanalytical theory is imposed onto a child's secondary world. In both J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Neil Gaiman's Coraline the child's unconscious desires are displayed in the way the...

University of California, Santa Barbara
Literature 1710-Present
Sally Baker

This paper offers a theoretical feminist approach to William Wordsworth’s poem “The Solitary Reaper” by reading the poem alongside Judith Butler’s theory of gender performativity. It argues that the poem’s speaker projects a specific performance...

Trinity College Dublin
Literature 1710-Present
Marie Bracken

Tom Murphy is an internationally undervalued playwright, particularly in comparison to his contemporary Brian Friel. Both Irish dramatists significantly differ in terms of methodology, yet they handle strikingly similar subject matter and are...

NUI Maynooth
Literature 1710-Present
Lisa Crowe

Kate O’Brien’s concern with female self-definition seeks an alternative trajectory of Irish womanhood to the one outlined in the 1937 Irish Constitution, which conflates ‘woman’ with the term ‘mother’. On the surface this would be a feminist...

Trinity College Dublin
Literature 1710-Present
Roisin Donohoe

In Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, the continuous presence of dogs has generally been regarded by most critics as a symbol of the brutality existing both in the characters and the world they inhabit. However, it is clear that the dog-like...

Trinity College Dublin
Literature 1710-Present
Sorcha FitzGerald

This essay examines Samuel Beckett’s development of unwording and the closed space within his short prose, focusing on his stories The Lost Ones, Ping, and Imagination Dead Imagine . Within this topic, we shall explore Beckett's literary...