The Literature of Loss

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Dr Deirdre Flynn / Limerick Literary Weekend / Mary Immaculate College

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.

Author Joseph O'Connor will also give a reading on the day.

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