Go back

APSU English professor to speak about Irish women writers

Feminism comes to Irish women differently and much later than to either their American or British counterparts.

This is partly due to national struggles for independence from England and for creation of a uniquely Irish identity. In addition, the lag could be attributed to legislation against abortion, divorce and contraception.

Dr. Jill Franks, professor of English at Austin Peay State University, will explore the lives and work of a handful of women novelists and memoirists to describe how a uniquely Irish womens voice emerges in the latter half of the 20th century.
Feminism comes to Irish women differently and much later than to either their American or British counterparts.

This is partly due to national struggles for independence from England and for creation of a uniquely Irish identity. In addition, the lag could be attributed to legislation against abortion, divorce and contraception.

Dr. Jill Franks, professor of English at Austin Peay State University, will explore the lives and work of a handful of women novelists and memoirists to describe how a uniquely Irish women's voice emerges in the latter half of the 20th century.

Franks presentation, part of the Library Athenaeum speaker series on campus, is titled, “Finding Their Voice: 20th Century Irish Women Writers.” She will speak at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 30.

Other weekly events are scheduled this semester on such diverse topics as the Taliban and al-Qaida, Thrasher magazine and faculty mentoring and student success. Athenaeum events are held on the third floor of Woodward Library and are free and open to the public. Students are highly encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the Library Athenaeum series, launched in 2007, is to conduct events that promote and enhance the intellectual life of the University and the region, reach out to students and make connections with them in places other than the classroom and to portray the library as a place to share, explore, discuss and think about ideas and events. Sessions consist of speeches or presentations, panel discussions, debates, readings and performances.

For more information, call Joe Weber, director of library services at APSU, at 221-7618, e-mail at weberj@apsu.edu or visit online to see other Library Athenaeum events planned at http://library.apsu.edu/events/2009_2010athenaeumschedule.htm. -- Melony Shemberger