Whitley Stokes (1830-1909) was a major figure in the history of Celtic Studies. He was a prolific editor and translator of medieval literature, particularly that of Ireland, and has had a lasting impact on the way that medieval Irish literature has been read and understood, not only by scholars but by the wider reading public. However, Stokes was not an academic: he was a lawyer who spent twenty years as a colonial jurist in India, and later published his major work on Anglo-Indian law. Attendance is free for members of the ILS and for members of the Irish Texts Society, for non-members tickets for £5 are available at the foot of this page and at the door on the night.
She [Dr Boyle] has unearthed a wealth of correspondence that casts very interesting light on his circle …Dáibhí Ó Cróinín on Dr Boyle's work on Stokes.Before his departure for India, he was a member of the social circle of the Pre-Raphaelites, and his writings (both published and unpublished) offer insights into their literary world. He was a close friend of the Irish poets William Allingham and Samuel Ferguson and of the artist F. W. Burton. Dr Boyle will examine these two aspects of Stokes’s life – his academic contribution to the field of Celtic Studies, and his social worlds in Dublin, India and London – in order to situate nineteenth-century Celtic Studies within its wider literary and cultural context.
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Dr Elizabeth Boyle
After studying Celtic languages, literature and history at the universities of Glasgow and Cambridge, Dr Boyle was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Cambridge (2009-12) and then a Marie Curie Fellow at University College Cork (2012-13). Appointed as Lecturer in Early Irish at Maynooth in September 2013 she became Head of Subject in September 2015. Her research interests include the religious and intellectual culture of medieval Britain and Ireland; medieval theology and philosophy; education in medieval Ireland; the relationship between Latin and the vernaculars in medieval Britain and Ireland; the influence of the Bible on medieval narrative; the history of scholarship.