Irish Women’s Literature featured at next Speakers’ Series lecture
Next UW-Sheboygan lecture offered May 14
The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan and its faculty, instructors and staff invite the Sheboygan community its 2012-13 Speakers’ Lecture Series that will feature UW-S instructors sharing presentations on their research and interest areas. Each semester, the campus will offer a new series of speakers and topics
The next presentation will be held on May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) in the Main Building on the UW-S campus. UW-Sheboygan Assistant Professor of English Dr. Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier will discuss “No Longer at the Kids’ Table: Irish Chick Lit and the Position of Women in Irish Society.”
According to Pilmaier, the position of women in society is a theme common in Irish Studies, but is rarely discussed in a scholarly way in regard to Irish Chick Lit, a genre written by Irish women to a specifically female Irish reading audience. Chick Lit, with its roots in domestic fiction, speaks to issues central in women’s lives such as relationships and emotional and financial security, but it does so in a humorous, and often candid, manner.
Irish Chick Lit demonstrates a clear understanding of the modern and traditional roles that women play in Irish society, and these novels become verbal snapshots of specific moments in time. Consequently, they provide valuable insights into a society/culture in flux. While typically critically panned, these novels are instead important social documents demonstrating a written testament of the movement from female oppression to burgeoning gender equality in Irish society.
All presentations are held in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) at 7 p.m. Admission is free to the community and students.
For more information on the new Speakers’ Series or UW-Sheboygan, contact Carrie Hoppe, UW-Sheboygan Director of University Relations, at (920) 459-6612 or e-mail email@example.com.