On the 1st September I handed in my Master's thesis. It felt akin, according to my imagination, to being in a car traveling at breakneck speed and suddenly coming to an abrupt halt. It felt like a major, sudden full stop. It was finished, over, done, ended, finito. My life went from the all consuming … Continue reading A new beginning
Well what a ride this has been, as they say back in the day, surprisingly, (not that word)... it has been a blast!! I choose the title for my final blog as a tribute/nod to my modernities colleagues, because they get to study the surreal, out there stuff, I decide to have a piece of … Continue reading Does Your Chewing Gum Loose it’s Flavour on the Bedpost Overnight? My blog portfolio.
MA Irish Writing and Film: Theories and Traditions Literature and IT Review. My MA thesis intends to argue that the prevalence of death in Marina Carr’s plays recognises the imposition of Ireland’s funerary tradition and crisis of soul loss in the form of stagnation and stasis, particularly highlighting, its detrimental impact on womanhood and motherhood … Continue reading Literature and IT Review.
Textualities 2017 is UCC's school of English annual mini-conference where the school's MA students (that includes me) feature our research presentations to our fellow students and members of the faculty. The mini-conference is organised by us and forms part of our contemporary research, skills, methods and strategies module. Everyone takes responsibility for some aspect of … Continue reading UCC Textualities Conference 2017 – A Review.
Welcome to UCC's Textualities Conference 2017, Panel 3. The chair of Panel 3, Josephine Fenton, introduces the presenters, outlines their MA programs, wider research interests and the titles of their presentations. All presentations are delivered in the pechaKucha format, which is a presentation comprising twenty slides taking twenty seconds each. The first speaker is Cian … Continue reading UCC Textualities Conference 2017 #textualities17, ‘Live Blog Panel 3’.
Graham Allen is a professor of English at University College Cork and The Madhouse System (2016) is his second collection of poems, following on from The One That Got Away (2014). Both are collections of poems that capture life in its wonder, pain, madness, hypocrisy, and joy. For some reason stones recur, I don't know why. I … Continue reading ‘Bright Star, Elegy for David Bowie’ Graham Allen…and other star people.
When I arrive at UCC one recurring message is ever present, DO NOT CITE WIKIPEDIA ON PAIN OF DEATH...or probably, in reality, not a very good mark. Fast forward to undertaking a Masters.... I recall a conversation, regarding what the MA entailed, with a member of the English department who vaguely mentions a blog. Stupidly … Continue reading UCC Wikipedia Editathon
Ah Kellyanne Conway, never ceases to disappoint. Obviously the Trump administration have decided to join the 'dishonest media' and invent their own 'fake news'. When you think about it, well it is a natural progression from 'alternative facts'. I am speechless. Is this what 'making America great again looks like'? Works cited. Conway, Kellyanne. Fake … Continue reading Trump Watch: Fake news….no really
On 23rd November 2016, at University College Cork, Dr Maureen O'Connor presented a paper entitled, 'Animal souls and votes for women: vegetarianism and suffrage in the work of fin-de-siecle Irish feminists'. O'Connor explains the paper originates from early stage research for a forthcoming book. The paper engages in feminist vegetarian critical theory, building on works … Continue reading Animal Souls and Votes for Women: vegetarianism and suffrage in the work of fin-de-siele Irish feminists.
I received a number of books this Christmas the above being one. The book jacket states: Over the past hundred years, Ireland has undergone profound political, social and cultural changes. But one thing that has not changed is the Irish genius for observation and storytelling, invective and self-scrutiny. Ireland: The Autobiography draws upon this genius … Continue reading Literary Review: Ireland The Autobiography