CFP – The Irish Proust
The Irish Proust
Museum of Literature Ireland, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin
Nathalie Mauriac Dyer (CNRS-ENS)
McCrea (University of Notre Dame)
mark the centenary of the death of Marcel Proust, this two-day, in-person
conference will be devoted to exploring Proust’s influence on Irish literature
and Irish themes within his work.
Irish Proust’ will be held on 28-29 October 2022 at the Museum of Literature
Ireland and is co-organized by the School of Languages, Cultures, and
Linguistics at University College Dublin and the School of Languages,
Literatures, and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
work, which was briefly banned in Ireland, occupies a central position within
the Irish literary and cultural imaginary. From Samuel Beckett and Elizabeth
Bowen to Kate O’Brien and John McGahern, from Flann O’Brien to Nuala O’Faolain
and Martina Evans, À la recherche du temps perdu has been a touchstone for
generations of Irish writers.
himself was captivated by the figure of Oscar Wilde and alludes to the
Anglo-Irish author’s downfall in the Recherche and Contre Sainte-Beuve. His
meditations on place names and mythology also attest to Proust’s fascination
for the Irish-inflected Celtic substrate of French regional cultures.
This conference aims to explore the full indebtedness of Irish literary practice to Proust’s creative vision and to elucidate the presence of Irish literature, culture, and history within his own writing. ‘The Irish Proust’ will also include a round-table discussion with contemporary Irish authors about their creative connection to Proust.
organizers particularly welcome proposals for papers about comparatively
neglected Proustian intertexts in the work of authors including, but not
limited to, Brendan Behan, Elizabeth Bowen, Monk Gibbon, Aidan Higgins, John
McGahern, and Flann O’Brien. In the shared centenary of Proust’s death and the
publication of Ulysses, James Joyce’s ambiguous connections to Proust represent
another pertinent subject for proposals. Contributions that present original
findings about Proust’s own debts to Irish literature and culture are also
Potential topics for consideration include but are not limited to:
Proust and Beckett
Proust and Behan
Proust and Bowen
Proust and Joyce
Proust and McGahern
Proust and Flann O’Brien/ Myles na gCopaleen
Proust and Kate O’Brien
Proust and Wilde
Proust and the Second Celtic Renaissance
Proust’s critical and journalistic reception in Ireland
The history of Proust studies in Ireland
The censorship of Proust’s work in Ireland
Proust and the evolution of Irish LGBTQ+ writing
Representations of Proust in Irish popular media
Proust and Irish memoir
Proust and Franco-Irish literary relations
Proust in Irish literary education
Proust and Celtic toponyms
Proust and empire
Proust and postcolonialism
Proust and minority perspectives
Proust and Catholicism
The sinking of the Lusitania in the Recherche
Proust’s relationship with Alberta Victoria Montgomery
Henry Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, the model for the Marquis de Bréauté in the Recherche, whose Parisian mansion now houses the Irish Embassy
Lawrence Toot (sic – i.e. Laurence O’Toole) in the Recherche
Presentations are limited to 20 minutes and should be given in English, French, or Irish. The organizers welcome proposals for individual papers as well as complete three-person panels.
propose a presentation, please send a title, 300-word abstract, and short
contributor bio to email@example.com
by Tuesday, 31 May. For complete panels, please submit a 600-word collective
abstract as well as contributor bios.
organizers will notify you by the end of June whether your proposal has been
conference will include a drinks reception on Friday, 28 October and a gala
dinner for conference speakers at MoLI on Saturday, 29 October. The organizers
will cover the cost of both events.
The organizers hope to publish the proceedings either in book form or as a special journal issue.
Cronin, Chair of French 1776, Trinity College Dublin (CRONINM8@tcd.ie)
Max McGuinness, Teaching Fellow in French and Francophone Studies, University College Dublin (firstname.lastname@example.org)