[MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Lecture: December 9, 2014

Dimitri H. Gondicas gondicas at Princeton.EDU
Wed Dec 3 06:35:29 PST 2014


Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies


Does Lafcadio Hearn's Odyssey
Have a Hellenic Connection?

Mary Gallagher

University College Dublin

Library Research Fellow, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies

The Greco-Anglo-Irish, francophile writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) is best known for his proto-ethnographic writings on the Americas (especially Cincinnati, New Orleans and Martinique) and on Japan, the latter generally outweighing the former in the construction of Hearn's literary reputation. Following a troubled, orphaned upbringing in Dublin and in Durham, Hearn lived a life of letters in displacement, dying surrounded by his Japanese family. This lecture will raise the question as to the existence in Hearn's writings of traces of the author's Greek origins and/or of a Hellenic gravitation.

Mary Gallagher works in French Studies in University College Dublin. She is the author of La Créolité de Saint-John Perse (Gallimard, 1998) and of Soundings in French Caribbean Writing since 1950 (Oxford UP, 2002). She has also published extensively in French and in English on wider issues connected to migrant writing, notably World Writing: Ethics, Poetics, Globalization (Toronto UP, 2008); her two most recent publications address these and other issues in relation to the contemporary academy: Academic Armageddon: an Irish Requiem for Higher Education, Liffey Press, 2012) and Rethinking Ressentiment: the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics (forthcoming, Columbia UP). Having published widely on Lafcadio Hearn, including new editions of his Caribbean writings in French translation, she is currently writing a book-length study of his American trajectory.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

4:30 p.m.

Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

Supported by the Christos G. and Rhoda Papaioannou Modern Greek Studies Fund

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