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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

Upcoming Ideas

Fall 2017
October 19 Andrea Eis
November 14 John Matsui
December 7 Vivian Kao
Spring 2018
January 18 Francesca D'Andrea
February 15 Steve Coy
March 15 Annie Bolotin
April 19 Ken Siver