In Preparation for Textualities

10393704_372434952961210_3959127644972343360_nAs the date for the MA conference to be held in UCC looms just around the corner, this entry will present some of the topics I hope to discuss as part of my 6 minute, 40 second PechaKucha style presentation (20 presentation slides timed to 20 seconds each).

Each student of an MA in English programme at UCC will present on a topic related to their thesis in front of an audience of lecturers, peers, and other interested parties. My thesis aspires to deal with Maeve Brennan’s short fiction through the theoretical lenses of feminism and psychoanalysis. I hope to focus on ideologies of marriage as represented in her stories of the Derdon and Bagot families. However, my presentation will deviate from her fiction and instead examine the various accounts of Brennan as simultaneously an exile, ‘forgotten’, ‘insane’ and as a ‘female writer’.

Brennan’s work suffered neglect in her lifetime and it is in fact only in relatively recent years that there has been a resurgence of interest in her work.Her cousin, Roddy Doyle praised her collection, ‘The Springs of Affection’ as a parallel to Joyce’s Dubliners and believed her collection to be “in its way, perfect.”

With an ardently passionate number of fans (including Nobel prize winner Alice Munro) why is it that it took so long for her stories to receive critical attention? I will explore this question in my presentation, detailing accounts of her ‘madness,’ her various idiosyncrasies, and illustrate the circumstances of her life which led to her being publicly represented as a beautiful, but insane intellectual.

Details of the event:

Location: UCC Council Room, North Wing, University College Cork

Date: Friday 27th of February 2015.

Time: 10.00 – 15.30

All welcome!

You can find more information about the conference at the links below:



Twitter: @textualities15

Website/Live Blog:

A Storify will be available after the event.

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