SEIS Academic Forum Series （No.722 ）
Forum on Irish Studies
Irish Fiction and the New Woman Movement at the end of the Nineteenth Century
Speaker: Prof. James H. Murphy (Boston College, USA)
Date: May 22, 2019 (Tuesday)
Venue: Room 408 of the SEIS Building
For about fifteen years or so from the mid 1880s there was a remarkable outpouring of British fiction that dealt with the condition of women and drew attention to the hypocrisies of their treatment in Victorian society. Many of the leading members of the group, including Sarah Grand, who coined the term ‘New Women’ for them, Iotaa and George Egerton, were Irish. In this seminar we will learn about the Irish new women and read and discuss extracts from their novels.
About the speaker:
Professor James H. Murphy is director of Center for Irish Studies at Boston College, USA, and a member of the editorial board of the well-reputed journal New Hibernia Review. He is a distinguished scholar in Victorian literature and history, and his recent publications include Ireland’s Czar: Gladstonian Government and the Lord Lieutenancies of the Red Earl Spencer, 1868-86 (2014)，Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age (2011) and Abject Loyalty: Nationalism and Monarchy in Ireland, during the reign of Queen Victoria (2001).