Carlos Gamerro, a prose writer and literary scholar teaching this term at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will add his perspective to our Institute's year of "Global Ulysses."
Borges was, if we believe his claim, the first writer of the Spanish language to read Ulysses. All through his writing life, his attitude towards his Irish peer veered between devotion and derision. The story of Borges' reading of Joyce is part of the story of the unrequited love of Argentine literature for Irish literature.
In this, the fourth film in the series "Screening the Irish Troubles," Steve McQueen, who would later direct 12 Years a Slave, began his feature directorial career with this biopic of Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and other Republican prisoners jailed in Northern Ireland who performed hunger strikes in 1981. The film chronicles the various strikes performed by the group prior to the hunger strikes that garnered worldwide attention while also teasing apart the moral questions inherent to incarceration and self-punishing activism.
In her lecture, Professor Backus will examine W.B. Yeats' and James Joyce's incorporation of the changeling figure into germinal works of Irish modernism. It sees this process as a response to anglicization in Ireland and as being connected to a notion of white supremacy inherent in late 19th-century British imperialism.
Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of the New York Times bestseller Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Doubleday, 2019).
In his talk at Notre Dame, Mr. Keefe will discuss how people "become r.adicalized in their uncompromising devotion to a cause” and how individuals and societies make sense of political violence “once they have passed through the crucible.”