Over the past few decades, the long-standing Irish literary engagement with themes of social and personal trauma has begun to tilt toward a narrative of recovery. Kathleen Costello-Sullivan, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, argues that recent Irish novels enact the kind of recuperative strategies they describe through their narrative structures and explores why this shift has occurred.

Dr. Costello-Sullivan’s lecture is based on her forthcoming monograph, Trauma and Recovery in the Twenty-First Century Irish Novel, to be published this spring by Syracuse University Press. The author of Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín, she has also edited two critical editions, Carmilla (by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu) and Poor Women! (by Norah Hoult).

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the O'Connell Professorship (for more info, please contact Jennifer Glancy [glancy@lemoyne.edu]).