James Flannery delivers the inaugural Yeats Lecture on “Memories and Prophecies: The ‘Total Theatre’ of W.B. Yeats"


Location: Room 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Join us for the inaugural lecture in the Institute's new "Yeats at Notre Dame"  initiative.

James Flannery is Professor Emeritus at Emory University. He is also a producer, stage director, singer, scholar, and critic specializing in the dramatic work of W.B. Yeats. In 1988 he founded the W.B. Yeats Foundation in order to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Yeats’s work as a poet, dramatist and cultural activist.


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is widely considered to be one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century.
In 1923, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Yeats visited Notre Dame twice—in 1904 and 1933.

In the inaugural Yeats Lecture, Professor Flannery will discuss how Yeats sought to foster modes of expression that would inspire people to live “more intense and abundant lives.” For that to occur, he believed, the arts must function in concert with one another and not as rivals, as occurs too often in both academic and artistic institutions.

Originally published at irishstudies.nd.edu.