Parallel Sessions



Irish Patrimonies

Chair: David Dwan

David Dwan, Christopher Fauske, Nicholas Allen, David Fitzpatrick


Christopher Fauske ( Salem College, Mass. ): The Bishop, his son, the poetry, the prose

 

David Fitzpatrick (TCD): “I will acquire an attitude not yours”: Was Frederick John MacNeice a Home Ruler, and why does this matter?’

 

Nicholas Allen ( University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ): Autumn’s Ghosts: Jack Yeats and Ernie O’Malley

 


Other Countries


Chair: John Goodby (Swansea)


John Goodby, Maria Johnston, Konstantina Georganta, Tom Herron


Tom Herron (Leeds Metropolitan): In search of Ireland … in the Hebrides: I Crossed the Minch

 

Maria Johnston (TCD): “This endless land”: MacNeice’s America as an Important Elsewhere

 

Konstantina Georganta ( Glasgow University ): Louis & the Modern Greek Encounter


Precursors


Chair: Matt Campbell (Sheffield)


Richard Brown, Brian Arkins, Guinn Batten


Brian Arkins (NUI Galway): Greek and Roman Themes in MacNeice

 

Richard D. Brown (Open University): O Master Pedlar: MacNeice & Shakespeare

 

Guinn Batten (Washington University, St Louis): MacNeice & Romantic crisis-autobiography

 

MacNeice & Documentary Film

 

Introduced by Des O’Rawe (QUB) Screenings of

 

Night Mail (1936)

 

Coal Face (1935)

 

Listen to Britain (1942)

 

Family Portrait (1951)

 

The Conquest of Everest (1953)


 

Modernism & Mobility

 

Chair: Julian Patrick (Toronto)

 

Conor Carville, Simon Ward, Hugh Haughton


Neil Jones ( Oxford University ): The impact of Modernism on MacNeice’s early poetic development

 

Simon Ward ( Aberdeen University ): Corner Seat: MacNeice’s mobile modern subject

 

Hugh Haughton ( York University ): MacNeice's Vehicles

 

Conor Carville (St Mary’s, Strawberry Hill): ‘“Both Brute & Ghost”: MacNeice’s spectral materialism


Autumn Journal

 

Chair: Nicholas Allen (North Carolina)

 

Katie Fleming, Ben Clarke, Michael Thurston


Michael Thurston (Smith College, Mass.): “Damn My Skin and Save My Conscience”: Irony & commitment in Autumn Journal

 

Ben Clarke (East Carolina University): ‘“The equation will come out at last”: MacNeice & the narration of history’

 

Katie Fleming (Queen Mary, University of London): “It was all so unimaginably different”: Antiquity in Autumn Journal

 

 

Reputation & Reception

 

Chair: Peter Mackay (QUB)

Renata Senktas, Anne Margaret Daniel, Val Nolan


Anne Margaret Daniel ( New School University , NYC): “The ladies would say that he looked like a poet”: Tom & the selling of Louis

 

Val Nolan (NUI Galway): MacNeice & the Faber poets photograph

 

Renata Senktas ( University of Warsaw ): It starts to snow: Reception of MacNeice in Poland


MacNeice & Other Arts

 

Chair: Philip McGowan (QUB)

 

Charles Armstrong, Tom Walker, Katherine Firth


Katherine Firth (Oxford Brookes): “Queen of the boys”: Hedli Anderson & the “Auden Gang”

 

Tom Walker (Lincoln College, Oxford): “Even a still life is alive”: MacNeice & Visual Art

 

Karen Brown (QUB): "Poems after a Painting" : MacNeice, Yeats & Durcan in the National Gallery of Ireland

 

Charles Armstrong (University of Bergen): Out of the Museum: MacNeice & the Confines of Aesthetic Space

 


Art & Politics

 

Chair: Dillon Johnston (St Louis)

 

Damien Keane, Seth Martin, Peter Golphin


Antony Shuttleworth (Ohio State University): Out of the Pictures: MacNeice’s art of the Thirties

 

Seth Martin (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): “A rather agreeable nightmare”: Narratives of disintegration & the sinister in Zoo

 

Peter Golphin (Open University): “Propaganding”: Radio & Poetry in the early 1940s

 

Damien Keane (University of Buffalo-SUNY): Cross-fade of Silence to Stillness: MacNeice’s “The Unoccupied Zone”

 


Changing Aesthetics

 

Chair: Michael Allen (QUB)

 

Simon Workman, Kit Fryatt


Simon Workman (TCD): “Not matching pictures but inventing sound”: MacNeice & auditory imagination

 

Kit Fryatt (TCD): ‘“The paradox of a sentimentalist”: Reassessing MacNeice’s middle stretch

 

Alan Gillis ( Edinburgh University ): “As if I had known you”: MacNeice’s “All Over Again”

 

Contemporaries & Successors

 

Chair: Leontia Flynn (QUB)

 

Stephen Regan, John Goodby, Rui Carvalho Homem, Leontia Flynn


Andrew J. Browne (NUI Galway ): Newspapers or Surrealism? MacNeice’s reading of Beckett

 

John Goodby ( Swansea University ): “Bulbous Taliesin”: MacNeice & Dylan Thomas

 

Stephen Regan ( Durham University ): MacNeice & Philip Larkin

 

Rui Carvalho Homem ( University of Porto ): “Degrees of being alive’: MacNeice, drama & contemporary Northern Irish poets