Tuesday, October 26th

Cover of Nicholas Allen's Book

Global Irish Studies, in association with the Department of English and the Georgetown Humanities Initiative, hosted:

Seatangled: A Conversation on Irish Literature, Modernism, and the Sea


Drawing on recent developments in the study of literature from Ireland to the Indian Ocean, this conversation considered the implications for Irish literature of reading from the standpoint of the sea, the ocean, and the coast. It featured experts in Irish literature, modernism, and oceanic studies, and was inspired by the recent publication of Nicholas Allen’s Ireland, Literature, and the Coast: Seatangled (Oxford University Press, 2020)


Nicholas Allen, Endowed Professor in the Humanities at the University of Georgia, and Director of the Humanities Center

Lucy Collins, Associate Professor of Modern Poetry at University College Dublin and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Harris Feinsod, Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University

Nicole Rizzuto, Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University

The conversation was moderated by Cóilín Parsons, Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University

About Nicholas Allen’s book:

Allen’s book reads Irish literature and art in the context of the island’s coastal and maritime cultures, beginning with the late imperial experiences of Jack and William Butler Yeats and ending with the contemporary work of Anne Enright and Sinead Morrissey. It includes chapters on key historical texts such as Erskine Childers’s The Riddle of the Sands, and on contemporary writers including Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Kevin Barry. Situated within contemporary conversations about the blue and the environmental humanities, this book builds on the upsurge of interest in seas and coasts in literary studies. In doing so, it creates a literary and visual narrative of Irish coastal cultures across a seaboard that extends to a planetary configuration of imagined islands.

“…this crucial volume will energize and long sustain these and much wider conversations about humanity, culture, and our relationship to the nature and environment of the terraqueous globe.”– Colin Dewey, Sea History

“Allen fuses Irish literature and his own thalassography into an interdependent essence. Quite an accomplishment.” — Dan MacCarthy, Irish Examiner

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