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Novelising King Lear: In Conversation With Anne Enright and Preti Taneja

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The Clinton Auditorium

University College Dublin

Belfield

Dublin

Ireland

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Novelising King Lear: In Conversation With Anne Enright and Preti Taneja


In her first appearance since being named Professor of Fiction at the School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, the Booker-prize winning novelist Anne Enright will be joined by exciting debut-author Preti Taneja to discuss what it means to take a classic of the English dramatic canon and make it your own.

King Lear is entrenched in the global cultural consciousness as a story of patriarchal power in decline, but Enright’s shattering, “virtuosic” novel The Green Road reimagines the narrative around a monstrous matriarch in rural Ireland from the cold Catholicism of the 1980s to the spiritual wasteland of the boom years. Taneja’s “extraordinary” We That Are Young, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize, on the other hand transports the familiar story of dynastic self-destruction to the corrupt world of present-day commercial Delhi. Taneja, a former human rights reporter, brings a searing honesty to her portrait of a family torn apart by greed and misogyny.

This event will bring together two award-winning writers, each acclaimed for their unflinching originality and integrity of vision, to consider the subversive power of reinventing a classic for a new age.

This is a free event but booking is essential.


Contact: Lucy Cogan at lucy.cogan@ucd.ie







The Clinton Auditorium (formerly the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies) is located beside the UCD Engineering Building. The most convenient vehicular access to the building is through the main gate in UCD via the Stillorgan Dual Carriageway (N11).

If walking, follow the road from the main bus terminus, pass the Engineering building on the left, the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies is the triangular building after this on the left.

For a map of UCD click: http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/campus%20map%20w.%20directions%20to%20newstead.pdf

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