Seminar: Kate O'Brien: A Portrait of the Author in Older Age

Seminar: Kate O'Brien: A Portrait of the Author in Older Age

English Research Seminar
 
Dr Maggie O'Neill
Kate O'Brien: A Portrait of the Author in Older Age
 
Thursday, 8th of Nov. 2018, 2-3 p.m., C1079, Main Building, UL
 
This seminar explores Kate O’Brien’s correspondence and memoir Presentation Parlour as life writing, and draws a portrait of the author in her later life, a portrait which is often overlooked in favour of youth and its radical associations, to foreground instead
an alternative image of what it means and how it looks to be an important Irish author. As O’Brien imagines her way into later life, older characters, such as her aunts in Presentation Parlour, emerge more vigorously than in her earlier fiction, alongside illuminations as to the freedoms or constraints afforded to older women across generations. Her experimentation with narrative technique and embodiment in her memoir write back to dominant social and cultural conceptions of what it means to be old.
 
 
In association with Gender Arc@UL