Engl. /Ling. Friday Seminar, 17 May: Cherry Smyth (Emer Lyon)

17 May 2019 4:00pm

The Otago English and Linguistics Seminar series for semester 1, 2019 will continue this week with a presentation by Emer Lyon. 

Emer Lyon is undertaking a creative /critical Ph.D in English at Otago. Her talk is entitled “Coming Home: Lesbian Poetic and Homelessness.” She describes her topic as follows:

As a poet of the Irish diaspora, Cherry Smyth queers the environment of her construction (Northern Ireland) by examining the experiences and perceptions of her non-heteronormative orientation when she returns home from London. Smyth delves into memory, nostalgia, forgetting and remembering to articulate her search for a home. This can be read most vividly in her poem “Coming Home”. Rather than ever arriving at home, Smyth is continually coming home and this coming is painful, shameful and erotic all at once and thereby makes a home out of being queer.

The seminar meets as usual in the Castle Lecture Theatre D, at 4.00 p.m. on Friday, 17 May.  

We hope you will be able to join us for this presentation exploring very contemporary issues.


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