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Trinity Evening Lecture Series: Becoming Nature 2020

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Trinity College Dublin

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This photograph of a zookeeper and gibbon in Dublin Zoo in the early 20th century appears in an album kept by the Zoological Society of Ireland from 1845-1932. The keeper’s name was Supple, and the photo is captioned ‘Gibbon and Supple’. Their evident bond of companionship across the species line is one of the phenomena addressed by this lecture series. The lectures will explore some of the ways in which literature has served as a site where ideas about the relationships between animals, places and people have been developed, but also where reassuring concepts about human exceptionalism, selfhood, culture, rationality and authority, have long been dismantled. From the 16th to the 20th centuries, from rural Leitrim to the canyon country of southern Utah, we will encounter birds, worms, serpents and beasts of all kinds, and explore the shifting relationships between animals, places and people through a range of compelling texts.

Time and Place:
All lectures will take place from 7-8pm in the Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building (Nassau Street entrance), Trinity College Dublin.

21 Jan. 2020 ‘Beckett’s Birds’ and introduction to lecture series (Julie Bates)

28 Jan. 2020 ‘Rewilding the Child: Nature, Wilderness, and Children's Literature’ (Jane Carroll)

04 Feb. 2020 ‘“The Worms Are Coming Up the Stairs!”: Eco-Horror in 1970s American Cinema’ (Bernice Murphy)

11 Feb. 2020 ‘Climate and the Emergency: the wartime flood narrative in T.H. White’s The Elephant and the Kangaroo’ (Eve Patten)

18 Feb. 2020 ‘Creatures great and small in Edward Topsell’s Histories of Serpents and Four-Footed Beasts’ (Ema Vyroubalová)

25 Feb. 2020 ‘Nature, Knowledge, and the Fall in Donne's Anniversaries’ (Mark Sweetnam)

10 Mar. 2020 ‘The Sublime: Edmund Burke, Cork, and God’ (Jarlath Killeen)

24 Mar. 2020 ‘John McGahern and the alternative life of the farm’ (Nicholas Grene)

31 Mar. 2020 ‘Environmental Picturebooks for Children' (Sinéad Moriarty)

07 Apr. 2020 ‘Canyons and Native-American Traces in Zane Gray’s Riders on the Purple Sage’ (Dara Downey)


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€60 for the entire series. Indivdual lectures are €7 each.

Concessionary Fee:
Concessionary rates for the full series will be €45 or an individual lecture will be €6 each. Concessionary rates apply to: students, OAPs, unemployed, groups of 20+, TCD staff & graduates, Teachers bringing groups of students receive a free Teacher Pass.

How to Buy Tickets for Full Series:
To purchase a ticket for the full series, please go to 'Select a Date' and choose the first lecture date, (or date of the next available lecture), then go to 'Tickets', and choose either a 'Full Series Ticket' or 'Full Series Ticket: Concessionary Rate'.

For More Information:
Please contact Ms Sophia Ní Sheoin at: wilde@tcd.ie or call: 01-8962885.

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