No doubt poetry and theatre played a huge role in the events that led to the Easter Rising, but it is unlikely that any of the volunteers who saw action on Easter week signed up for combat solely because they read patriotic poems or attended nationalist plays. This lecture will explore the influence of literature and culture on Irish nationalist debate in advance of the Rising.
Dr. P.J. Mathews is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, and has written widely on Irish literature and theatre. He is co-editor (with Declan Kiberd) of Handbook of the Irish Revival (Abbey Theatre Press, 2015), author of Revival: the Abbey Theatre, Sinn Féin, the Gaelic League and the Co-operative Movement (Field Day, 2003) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to John Millington Synge (CUP, 2009). He is a member of the Governing Board of Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ; Director of Academic Podcasting for UCDscholarcast (www.ucd.ie/scholarcast); and an Associate Member of the Irish Studies Colloquium, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. He was appointed Naughton Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame for 2007-08, and was Director of the Parnell Summer School, 2002-05.