Shakespeare in Ireland – 27 April
27th April 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In this talk Dr Naomi McAreavey of UCD assesses the status of Shakespeare on the seventeenth- century Irish stage, but makes the broader argument that the disproportionate attention to Shakespeare risks skewing our understanding of Irish theatrical culture of the seventeenth century, leading to the marginalization and neglect of original Irish drama. She sketches the history of seventeenth-century Irish theatre, and introduces some of the key plays that helped to shape different national, religious and political identities in Ireland at a time of huge social and political upheaval. In particular she looks at the work of James Shirley in Dublin and his play St Patrick for Ireland.
Dr Naomi McAreavey is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at University College, Dublin, and an expert on seventeenth-century Irish women’s writings in all their range: familiar letters, war- testimonies, nuns’ chronicles, conversion narratives, and Quaker writings. She also has long- standing interests in seventeenth-century Irish drama and the literary culture of the vice-regal court at Dublin Castle. She has published numerous essays on women’s writing and the relationship between writing and trauma, particularly on women’s accounts of the 1641 rebellion/rising, for journals including English Literary Renaissance and Early Modern Women. She will shortly complete an edition of the letters of the Duchess of Ormonde for the Renaissance English Text Society (2015), and is also developing a monograph provisionally entitled Writing War in Ireland, 1641-60. In 2012 she was awarded the UCD President’s Teaching Award for innovation in university teaching and learning.