On Tuesday, February 28th, 2012, at 6pm, Dr Aisling Byrne will be addressing Magdalene Society of Medievalists on ‘Gerald of Wales and his Fifteenth-Century Irish Readers’.
The paper will examine two neglected fifteenth-century adaptations of Gerald of Wales’s Expugnatio Hibernica, one in Middle English and one in Irish. The reader reception evidence in the surviving manuscripts suggests that, for some medieval readers at least, the primary identities Gerald’s text expressed were familial and local rather than colonial or national.
Dr Byrne is the Fitzjames Research Fellow in Old and Middle English at Merton College, Oxford. She has published several articles on Middle English Arthurian romance, and on its Irish reception; she is currently working on a monograph examining English imaginings of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland in the Middle Ages.
The talk will take place at Magdalene, in the Parlour. All are very welcome to join us afterwards for dinner at a local restaurant.