Dying the Good Death: The Irish Wake and American Popular Culture

Irish History Lecture Sunday, Feb 18, 2017 @ 2 -4pm

Presented By Dr. Bridget English, University of Illinois at Chicago

Beginning with the nineteenth century notion of an “American wake”–a party thrown for loved ones immigrating to America–this talk will explore the significance of the Irish wake as a point of contact between Irish and American cultures. The Irish wake was traditionally a site of liminality at which point the living and the dead could intermingle and inhabit the same space. Literary and cultural depictions enforce this magical quality to the wake, focusing on its wild, primitive and uncontrollable aspects.

Dr. Bridget English holds a PhD in English from Maynooth University in County Kildare, Ireland. Her research interests lie in modern and con­ temporary Irish fiction and culture , theories of the novel, death studies, modernism, and the medical humanities. She has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at Maynooth University, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

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