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Imagine Ageing: Ageing Masculinities in Irish Literature and Culture

November 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm


November 20
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm



This online workshop, organised in association with the Moore Institute, NUI Galway follows our earlier webinar and is part of the pan-European project Mascage: Representations of Masculinities and Ageing in Contemporary European Literatures and Cinemas (2019-2022). 

Its aim is to present and discuss work-in-progress for a planned collection Ageing Masculinities in Irish Literature and Culture.


If you are interested in attending this workshop or getting involved with the project, please send an email to tony.tracy@nuigalway.ie and michaela.schrage-frueh@nuigalway.ie to receive further information.


Programme Workshop “Imagine Ageing: Ageing Masculinities in Irish Literature and Culture”

Friday, 20th November 2020, 14.00-17.30

14.00-14.15          Welcome and Introduction

                                Tony Tracy & Michaela Schrage-Früh (NUI Galway)


14.15-15.00          Panel 1: Visual Culture (Chair: Tony Tracy)

                                Katarzyna Kociołek (University of Warsaw)

                                Seán Keating’s Ireland – the Land of the Old Men

                                Méabh Ní Fhuartháin /Verena Commins (NUI Galway)

                                ”The Rights of Man”: Authenticity, Masculinities and Ageing in Irish Traditional Music on Screen 

                                Áine Ní Léime / Maggie O’Neill (NUI Galway)

                                Changing the Picture: Older Men’s Responses to Media Representations of Ageing 


15.00-15.30          Panel 2: Poetry (Chair: Michaela Schrage-Früh)

                                Heike Hartung (University of Graz)

                                Poetics at the Limit: Embodiment, Masculinities and Ageing in Samuel Beckett’s Early Poetry Collection Echo’s Bones

                                Anne Karhio (NUI Galway)

                                Masculinity, Ageing, and the Point of Poetry in the Writing of Paul Muldoon


15.45-16.15          Panel 3: Drama (Chair: Tony Tracy)


                                Ciara L. Murphy (NUI Galway)

                                Father Ireland on Stage: Representations of Social Change and Ageing Masculinities in Crisis

                                Matthew Sweney (University of Graz)

                                “Play and lose and have done with losing.” Masculinity and Loss in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame (1957), and Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce (2006)


16.15-17.15          Panel 4: Fiction (Chair: Michaela Schrage-Früh)

                                Loic Wright (UCD)

                                Fatherhood, Ageing Masculinities, and the Politics of Insecurity in Twentieth-Century Irish Fiction

                                Brenda O’Connell (Maynooth University)

                                Fathers and Sons: Shades of Ageing Masculinities in Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones

                                Cassandra Sian Tully De Lope (Universidad de Extremadura)

                                Stuck in the Old Times – a Male-character Analysis on Three Irish novels through Corpus Stylistics

                                Orlaith Darling (TCD)

                                “The Land’ll be here long after we’re dead and gone”: Ageing Masculinity, Relationships and the Land in Recent Irish Short Fiction


17.15-17.30          Final Discussion