[UPDATE] The Literature of Loss

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Dr Deirdre Flynn / Limerick Literary Weekend

The Literature of Loss

Irish literature is filled with loss; the loss of love, of language, of sovereignty, of wealth, of health and of religion. The atmosphere of loss almost haunts the pages and words of the Irish, and leads to questions about the influence of loss, the representation of loss and the meaning of loss. Where does this loss fit in? How has it changed? What impact do chronological, political, economic and geographical changes have on loss?

The inaugural conference of the Limerick Literary Weekend will be held on Friday, February 20th 2015 in Limerick. We are looking for papers dealing with all aspects of loss within Irish writing. We are seeking papers of 20 minutes duration for panels on, but not limited to, the following topics:

• Post-colonial loss
• Poetic representations
• Death, loss and grief
• Saying goodbye
• Contemporary loss
• Economic changes
• Hidden, forgotten and lost
• Loss and time
• The politics of loss
• Gender and loss
• Religion and loss
• Loss and the gothic
• Memory and loss
We also invite papers for a special panel to be convened on the work of Kate O'Brien

KEYNOTE: Dr Eugene O'Brien:
Head of the Department of English Language and Literature in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. His publications include: The Question of Irish Identity in the Writings of William Butler Yeats and James Joyce (1998); Examining Irish Nationalism in the Context of Literature, Culture and Religion: A Study of the Epistemological Structure of Nationalism (2002); Seamus Heaney – Creating Irelands of the Mind (2002); Seamus Heaney and the Place of Writing (2003); Seamus Heaney: Searches for Answers (2006) and Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse – Negotiating Texts and Contexts in Contemporary Irish Studies.

READING: Joseph O'Connor:
Author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea, Redemption Falls, Ghost Light and The Thrill of it All, as well as two collections of short stories, True Believers and Where Have You Been?, and a number of bestselling works of non-fiction. He has also written radio diaries, film scripts and stage-plays including the multiple award-winning Red Roses and Petrol and an acclaimed adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel My Cousin Rachel.

KEYNOTE: Dr Caroline Magennis:
Dr Magennis is a Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature at the University of Salford and she will speak on 'The Recesses of Loss: Melancholia and Futurity in Twenty-First Century Northern Irish Fiction'.
Dr Magennis is a specialist in modern and contemporary literature, with particular intellectual interests in contemporary fiction, Irish literature, Northern Irish cultural production and critical theory. She sits on the Executive Council for the British Association for Irish Studies and on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Irish Studies Review.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio should be emailed to theliteratureofloss@yahoo.com by September 30th, 2014.

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