Idea Factory is a speaker series that showcases course-based research experiences conducted by faculty and students within the LTU community and beyond. The series is especially interested in how the course-based research model fosters diversity, inclusion, and academic rigor in the classroom.

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This talk examines a set of ideas that were prevalent in the 19th and early twentieth centuries; that Ireland was a distinct and unusual space, that it was inhabited by exotic people and that to cross over into this space was to be spiritually recuperated by its people and places. I examine how these ideas manifested themselves in contemporary travel literature, in the writings of Marx and Engels (the latter of whom had direct connections to Ireland), and reappeared in fin-de-siecle Irish nationalist rhetoric about the supposedly more authentic western regions of Ireland. 

Dr. Aidan Beatty
Lecturer, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program
Wayne State University
Thursday, May 17