Hybrid Irelands: At Culture's Edge

Location: Notre Dame Conference Center

A Graduate Student conference exploring the relationship between Hybridity and Irish Literature

March 29-31, 2012
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana, USA



8:30 – 9:45 Panel Sessions

Panel A: Theatrical Spaces (Chair: Lindsay Haney) [Room 100-104]

  • Philip Spurrell (University of Western Ontario):

''Imbrications: Hybridities of Space in the Plays of Brian Friel''

  • Brian F. McCabe (Claremont Graduate University):

''Burning the Balaclava: Frank McGuinness’s Carthaginians  as Theater of Hybridity and Consolation''

  • Paul Donnelly (National University of Ireland, Maynooth):

'''Going off script’: A New Irish Literary Theater''

Panel B: Elizabeth Bowen (Chair: Geraldine Rossiter) [Room 112-124]

  • Dana Miller (Georgia State University):

''Irish Blood, English Heart: Elizabeth Bowen on the Architecture of the Anglo-Irish Stance''

  • Michael Waldron (University College Cork):

'''Verbal Painting’: Elizabeth’s Bowen’s Hybrid Aesthetic''

Panel C: Swift and Sterne (Chair: John Sitter) [Room 200]

  • Jonathan Callis (University of Notre Dame):

''Generic Fluidity and Authorial Control in Jonathan Swift’s Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift''

  • Garrett Seelinger (University of Notre Dame):

''Imagining the Enlightened: Isaac Bickerstaff and Tristram Shandy''

  • Gary O’Neil (University of Notre Dame):

''In the Skin of Yahoos Well Stitched Together: Subject and Skin in Book Four of Gulliver's Travels''

Panel D: Nineteenth-Century Nationalisms (Chair: Katarzyna Bartoszynska) [Room 202]

  • Jennifer Martin (University of Ulster, Coleraine):

''Thomas Moore: A Spokesman for the Irish and a Darling of the English''

  • Rebecca McCloud (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign):

''Two Patriots for Two Colonialisms: Thomas Davis and Elias Boudinot''

  • Srinivas Venkata (University of Southern California):

''Mangan, Poetics, and Revolutionary Politics: Creating Virtual States''

Panel E: The Crisis of Representation (Chair: Jim Collins) [Auditorium]

  • Eric Elliott (Claremont Graduate University):

''Historical Accuracy and the IRA over Seventy Years of Cinema''

  • Elizabeth DeMott (University of Texas at Austin):

'''Ere their story die': The Rhetoric of Historical Responsibility in Sebastian Barry’s A Long, Long Way''

  • Amy Mikels (Boston College):

''Saving Ireland's Young Women''


9:45 – 10:00 Tea and Coffee Break


10:00 – 11:15 Plenary: David Lloyd (University of Southern California) (Introduction by Mary Burgess) [Auditorium]

'''To Live Surrounded by a White Song', or, The Sublimation of Race in Experiment: on the Margins of Susan Howe''


11:15 – 11:30 Tea and Coffee Break


11:30 – 12:45 Panel Sessions

Panel A: Ireland and the American Gothic (Chair: Abigail Palko) [Room 100-104]

  • Robinson Murphy (University of Notre Dame):

''Children of the Apocalypse: Emma Donoghue’s Protogay Room''

  • Cailin Copan-Kelly (Washington University in St. Louis):

''Grotesque Communities in Iris Murdoch’s The Bell  and Flannery O’Connor’s Everything that Rises Must Converge''

  • Weldon Pless (New York University):

''An Ireland-Haunted South: Flannery O’Connor’s ‘The Displaced Person'''

Panel B: Recalibrating Time and Space in Contemporary Irish Fiction (Chair: Kara Donnelly) [Room 112-114]

  • Sarah Nestor (Marquette University):

'''The Wrong Girl’: Identity and Hybridity in Anne Enright’s What are You Like?''

  • Randle Dube (Boston College):

''Place, Narrative, and Identity in Seamus Deane’s Reading in the Dark''

  • Bridget English (National University of Ireland, Maynooth):

'''Moving Towards a Dead Man is not Moving at All': The Hybrid Temporality of Death in Anne Enright's The Gathering''

Panel C: The Irish Revival and Cultural Nationalism (Chair: Sarah McKibben) [Room 200]

  • Geraldine Rossiter (Union Institute and University):

''Hidden Voices: Irish Women Writes of the Celtic Renaissance''

  • Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh (National University of Ireland, Galway):

'''The Craoibhín of the Provençal Movement’: Gaelic Revival, Anti-Materialism and Frederic Mistral''

  • Aoife Uí Fhaoláin (University College Dublin):

''Language, News and Nationalism in The Irish Independent, 1905 – 1922''

Panel D: Globalizing Technologies (Chair: Sonia Howell) [Room 202]

  • Julie McCormick (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign):

“John Eglinton: An Irish Futurist”

  • Adam Hanna (University of Bristol):

“Exposures and Enclosures: The Radio in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney”

  • Daniel Murphy (Western Washington University):

“Geometric Ontologies and Geopolitical Space: The Function of Motion and the Gyre in Yeats’s Historiography”

Panel E: Developing the Irish Voice (Chair: Nicole Knight) [Auditorium]

  • ​Caitlin McAteer (Independent Scholar):

''Splicing Voices, Splitting Sides: The Field Day Debates and Irish Wit''

  • Allyson Manchester (Boston College):

'''Progressive Adolescence?' Missing Sexual Rites of Passage in Seamus Deane's Reading in the Dark''

  • Yeonmin Kim (Kent State University)

''Hybridity in Paul Durcan''


12:45 – 2:15 Lunch


2:15 – 3:30 Panel Sessions

Panel A: Toying with Genres (Chair: Jacqui Weeks) [Room 100-104]

  •  Sonia Howell (National University of Ireland, Maynooth):

''Undoing the Irish Canon?: From the Anthology to the Database''

  • Katarzyna Bartoszynska (Bilkent University)

''Innovating the Obsolete: The Nineteenth-Century Irish Novel''

Panel B: Narrative and Women (Chair: Erin Drew) [Room 112-114]

  • Natasha Sumner (Harvard University):

''Female-Narrated Fenian Tales: Traditional Performance or Performing Hybridity?''

  • Sarah Harsh (New York University):

'''Lewd Counsel' or 'Instrument of Peace?' The Hybrid Identity of Agnes Campbell''

  • Dallin Lewis (University of Notre Dame):

''Sensibility, Satire, and Mary Barber’s Poetic Suffering''

Panel C: Global Expansions (Chair: Wes Hamrick) [Room 200]

  • Meghara Eichhorn-Hicks (University of Kansas):

''Globalizing the Public Sphere: Reimagining on Stage and in Print''

  • Mara Bernstein (Indiana University, Bloomington):

''Low Tide Ireland: The Anthropological Perspective on Ireland Today''

  • Domino Torres (University of Southern California):

''Border Crossings: Hybridity, Performance and the Ritual of Naming in Contemporary Irish Narratives''

Panel D: Transnational Poetics (Chair: Romana Huk) [Room 202]
  • Annie Galvin (University of Virginia):

''Island Shadows: Yeats and McKay Write Home from the City''

  • Ailbhe Darcy (University of Notre Dame):

'''Sends her a dildo from France': Dorothy Molloy and the new Grrly Poetics''

  • Vivane Carvalho da Annunciação (University of São Paulo):

''Poetry 'travel-worthiness': Brazil through the Eyes of Irish Poets''


3:30 – 3:45 Tea and Coffee Break


3:45 – 5:00 Panel Sessions

Panel A: Queer Hybridities (Chair: Robinson Murphy) [Room 100-104]

  • Seán Mac Risteard (National University of Ireland, Maynooth):

'''Mercyfuckers’ or 'Fucking' Mercy?: Scenes of Queer Sites and Sights in Micheál Ó Conghaile's Short Stories''

  • Allison Macleod (University of Glasgow):

''The Queer Negotiation between Local Specificity and Global Politics in Irish Cinema''

  • Adrian Goodwin (University College Cork):

​'''Inside my (M)other': Queer Theory, Ireland and Colm Toibin’s The Story of the Night''

Panel B: Music (Chair: Catherine Mayes) [Room 112-114]

  • Lindsay Haney (University of Notre Dame):

'''Whiskey[s]' Jarred: Performing Irishness and Covering Thin Lizzy in London, Dublin, Warsaw, and an

Unspecified Suburban Hell''

  • Deirdre Ní Chonghaile (University of Notre Dame):

'''Gabh’ Tí Phlunkett más maith leat country’: Tradition and Hybridization in Contemporary Conamara Music''

Panel C: Ghosts of History (Chair: Sean O'Brien) [Room 200]

  • ​Colleen English (University College Dublin):

''Who mournest o’er yon mound of clay': Irish Elegiac Hybridity in Mangan''

  • Aisling Cormack (University of California, Irvine):

    ''Voices from the Emerald Crypt: Partition and the Irish Borderlands in Patrick McCabe’s Carn''

Panel D: Irish Language and Reconciliation (Chair: Tara MacLeod) [Room 202]

  • C. Austin Hill (Ohio State University):

''Can’t You Speak English?': Modernity, Hybridity, and Friel’s Translations''

  • Jacqueline Geleta (University of Pittsburgh):

''Bilingual Speech Language Therapy Policies in the Republic of Ireland''

  • Jason Kirker (Southern Illinois University – Carbondale):

''Speaking across Spaces, Places, and Faces: The Geography of Discourse in Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s The Dancers Dancing''


5:00 – 5:15 Tea and Coffee Break


5:15 – 6:45 Concluding Round Table with Conference Speakers (Chair: Chris Fox) [Auditorium]


6:45 – 8:00 Break


8:00 Closing Banquet (Irish Music played by David James) [Central Dining Area, Lower Level]

Official website for program: http://hybridie.nd.edu/call-for-papers/saturday-march-31st/