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Scottish-themed seminars at the European Society for the Study of English conference, Galway, 2016:

S53 – The Politics of Language in Contemporary Scottish and Irish Drama

Monday 22, 16:30–18:30:
  • Danièle Berton-Charrière, “Fighting the ‘One Land, One Nation, One Language’ Policy in Irish and Scottish Drama”
  • Anikó Bach, “Symphonies of Loss and Isolation: The Politics of Language and the Representation of Space in Tom Murphy’s A Whistle in the Dark
  • Gioia Angeletti, “The Language of Resistance and the Power of the Female Voice in Sue Glover’s Bondagers (1991)”
  • Ian Brown, “Ideological language and community identity in recent Scots-language drama”
Tuesday 23, 11:00–13:00:
  • Aidan O’Malley, “The Politics of Translating the Classics into Contemporary Ireland”
  • András Beck, “Translating Silence: Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba and Scotland in Motion”
  • Virginie Roche-Tiengo, “The Hermeneutics of Beyond the Grave Casualties of Language in Brian Friel’s Theatre” Respondent: Jean Berton

S57 – Celtic Fictions – Scottish and Irish Speculative Fiction

Tuesday 23, 17:00–19:00:
  • Colin Clark, “The ‘Interesting Times Gang’: Politics and Potential in Modern Scottish Speculative Fiction”
  • Valentina Adami, “‘And the New World’s not a myth’: The Survival Struggle of Environmental Migrants in Exodus by Julie Bertagna”
  • Jack Fennell, “Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre, but with Precedent: Absurdity in Transition in Ireland, 1890–1923”
  • Sidia Fiorato, “The Private Eye Turns Inward: Paul Johnston’s Speculative Crime Fiction”
  • Jessica Aliaga-Lavrijsen, “Ken MacLeod’s Descent or a Way for Passive Revolution”

S31 – Regional and World Literatures: National Roots and Transnational Routes in Scottish Literature and Culture from the 18th Century to Our Age

Wednesday 24, 8:30–10:30:
  • Natalia Kaloh Vid, “Translating Under Ideological Influence: the Case of Robert Burns’s poetry in Russia and in the Soviet Union”
  • Marìa Eugenia Perojo-Arronte, “Transnational, Transcultural Blair in Spain”
  • Paula Sledzinska, “Staging Contemporary Identities – Repertoire of the National Theatre of Scotland through the Prism of Multimodal Discourse Analysis”
  • Maria Elena Capitani, “The Sense of (Un)Belonging: David Greig’s (Un?)Scottishness in Pyrenees and Damascus
  • Elena Spandri, “Indo–Scottish Connections in Cosmopolitan Historical Novel: the Case of Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy”

S74 – 21st-Century Female Crime Fiction

Wednesday 24, 8:30–10:30:
  • Jessica Homberg-Schramm, “Female ‘Tartan Noir’: Denise Mina’s 21st-Century Crime Fiction”
  • Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish, “Glasgow Noir: Denise Mina’s The Red Road
  • Eduardo Garcìa Agustìn, “Crime in Pandemic Times: Louise Welsh and Her Plague Times Trilogy”
  • Wolfgang Görtschacher, “I’m a lot smarter than most of those dozy detectives you see on the box. And I’m a lot less patient.” – Val McDermid’s The Skeleton Road (2014)”
  • Stephen Butler, “The Likeness of Male and Female Detectives in Tana French’s Fiction”

S55 – ‘I hear it in the deep heart’s core’: Political Emotions in Irish and Scottish Poetry

Wednesday 24, 14:00–16:00:
  • Stephen Regan, “The Politics of Bewilderment: W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney”
  • Scott Lyall, “‘Fiery Speech’: Vision and Violence in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats and Patrick Pearse”
  • Hitomi Nakamura, “‘Nearly a mile from home yet foreign country’: Patrick Kavanagh and Ulster Politics”
  • Katrin Berndt, “‘How Refrain from Love?’: The Inclusive Idea of Scottish Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry”
Thursday 25, 17:00–19:00:
  • Glenda Norquay, “The Negative as Political Trope in Scottish Women’s Poetry”
  • Corey Gibson, “Extremism in Defence of Liberty: Hugh MacDiarmid, Malcolm X, Barry Goldwater, and William Shakespeare at the Oxford Union 1964”
  • Ronald Schleifer, “Late Symboliste Poetry: Violence Beyond Politics in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats”
  • Irina Popova, “Historical Feeling – Political Feeling in Seamus Heaney and Michael Hartnett”
  • Carla Sassi, “‘And in a new dimension [we] turned and spoke’: the renewal of communal bonds in Nan Shepherd’s poetry”

S54 – The Inner Seas Connecting and Dividing Scotland and Ireland

Thursday 25, 11:00–13:00:
  • Philippe Laplace, “Death of an Island: Madness and Death on St Kilda in Karin Altenberg’s Island of Wings
  • Céline Savatier Lahondes, “The Inner Seas in John Millington Synge’s Deirdre of the Sorrows
  • Emilie Berthillot, “Smuggling Weapons, Republicans and Spies Across the North Channel (1880–1923): Gaelic friends or foes?”
  • Jean Berton, “Rescuing Lewis and Harris after the sinking of the Iolaire

Individual papers on Scottish themes:

S85 – Fantasy Literature and Place

Tuesday 23, 11:00–13:00:
  • Roberta Ferrari, “Liminal Places, Boundary Crossing, and the Challenge of Fantastic Space in Kirsty Logan’s The Gracekeepers

S52 – Leadership Politics in the United Kingdom’s Local Government

Tuesday 23, 17:00–19:00:
  • Gilles Leydier, “The Leadership of Scottish First Ministers”
  • Fiona Simpkins, “The SNP and the Independence Movement in Scotland: New Challenges, New Leadership”

S85 – Fantasy Literature and Place

Wednesday 24, 17:00–19:00:
  • Eva Oppermann, “The Heterotopian Qualities of the Secondary Worlds in Rowling’s Harry Potter Books and Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instrument


Last updated 19 August 2016.