Literary Programme 2018

Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures

Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures

Claire Connolly

Bantry Library

Tue 17 July 2018



Deep Maps: Nineteenth-century Poetry of the West Cork Coast. What can nineteenth-century poetry bring to our apprehension of the West Cork coast? How can the poetic language of the past shape or alter our understanding of environmental challenges in our own time?

This lecture by Claire Connolly emerges from research done as part of UCC’s Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures research project. Deep Maps explores the rich maritime environment that is found along the arc of Cork's Roaring Water Bay, from Timoleague to Bantry Bay, as it is shaped by sea and land and imagined in literature and art.

The Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures website allows users to explore the cultural history of the coastline between 1700 and 1920 in ways that are structured by contemporary environmental priorities. The website also features the voices and views of people who live and work on the West Cork coast, as we consider the ways in which a deeper sense of the cultural identity of the coastline might affect our understanding of current environmental challenges.

This project is funded by an Irish Research Council New Horizons Award, with additional support from University College Cork. It is led by Professor Claire Connolly (School of English) and Dr. Rob McAllen (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences).

Claire Connolly is Professor of Modern English at University College Cork. She is the author of A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1780-1829, published by Cambridge University Press and awarded the Donald J. Murphy Prize by the American Conference for Irish Studies. For 2018-2019 she is the Parnell Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College Cambridge.

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