Language Change and Narrative Form from Ó Cadhain to Ferrante
Lecture | March 7 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 - Maude Fife Room
Barry McCrea, University of Notre Dame
This talk looks at the difficulties faced by minor languages in founding traditions of the realist novel, and explores what these difficulties can tell us about the nature of the genre itself.
Speaker: Barry McCrea (Professor of English and Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame) is a novelist and scholar of modern European, Latin American, and Irish literature. His most recent book is Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Europe (Yale University Press, 2015), which won the American Comparative Literature Associations René Wellek prize for the best book of 2016. He is the author of The First Verse, a novel, winner of a number of awards including the 2006 Ferro-Grumley prize for fiction and a Barnes and Noble "Discover" prize, and of In the Company of Strangers: Narrative and Family in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce and Proust (Columbia University Press, 2011), which won the Yale Heyman Prize for scholarship in the humanities.