Gaelic hardship: Flann O’Brien’s ‘The Poor Mouth’


Event Date: 15 May 2018
Room 124
43 Gordon Sq
Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
London WC1H 0PD

Birkbeck School of Arts presents:

Gaelic hardship: Flann O’Brien’s ‘The Poor Mouth’

The Irish comic writer Flann O’Brien’s third major work was An Béal Bocht (1941): a slim novel parodying peasant memoirs of the West of Ireland, published under the name Myles na gCopaleen. Forty-five years ago, Patrick C. Power produced what remains the only full English translation of this work. In this workshop, Birkbeck’s Tobias Harris, Joseph Brooker and guest speaker Eoin Byrne (Galway) lead an exploration of the novel, using Power’s English text. Surveying the fantastical landscape of Myles’s West of Ireland, we can expect to encounter Gaelic revivalists, linguistic colonialism, driving rain, and a sly humour directed at myths of Ireland in the first decades of independence.

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