The Irish Writer in 'Little England'
Saturday 24th February 2018*, University of Kent, Canterbury
Organisers: Dr Declan Gilmore-Kavanagh and Professor Jan Montefiore
*please note that the event will now be taking place on Saturday 24th February
This one-day symposium invites research papers that explore the relationship between the Irish writer and ‘Little England’. How have Irish writers, dramatists, poets, artists, academics, thinkers, activists, performers, and other cultural producers worked to undermine, or indeed, support, an impoverished cultural imaginary of ‘Little England’?
According to Christopher Bryant, ‘Little England’ denotes ‘... “a present-home” national community defined by a sense of place’. If ‘Little England’ is defined by its own sense of place, where might this place be? How have Irish writers inhabited it? What role, if any, have shifting Irish identities and cultural traditions played in defining ‘Little England’?