Bestselling scholar of Irish history R.F. Foster will present a lecture on “Making a Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1916,” on Friday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. Foster’s lecture will cap a year-long series of events presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. The event is free and open to the public.
R. F. Foster, the Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford, is widely known as the author ofModern Ireland: 1600-1972, his broad, transformative volume of that nation’s history. Declared by the Irish Independent as “the best single-volume history of modern Ireland of our time,” Modern Ireland has been a bestseller since its first publication in 1988 and was listed by The Guardian as one of the top 10 books on Irish history. A well-known critic and broadcaster as well as history scholar, Foster’s work focuses on Irish cultural, social and political history of the modern period.
Foster’s numerous publications include biographies of the poet W.B. Yeats and politicians Charles Stewart Parnell and Lord Randolph Churchill, numerous essays on Irish culture, and The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland (1989). His book, The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland (2001), won the Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism in 2003. Foster’s most recent book, Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances, was published by Oxford in 2011 and presents a re-reading of Irish literary history throughout the nineteenth century. In 2009 Foster was elected to a three-year Wolfson Foundation Research Chair in order to write a book about the Irish revolutionary generation of 1890-1920. He will be focusing on this research in his lecture on April 19.
Over the course of his career, Foster has held visiting fellowships at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Princeton University. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1989, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1986, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1992, and an honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2011. His honorary degrees include those from the University of Aberdeen; The Queen’s University of Belfast; Trinity College, Dublin; the National University of Ireland; and Queen’s University, Canada,
The Fund for Irish Studies, chaired by Princeton professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, affords all Princeton students, and the community at large, a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics and economics not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” Its mission is to coordinate and expand existing courses taught by present members of the faculty and to offer a series of public lectures, literary readings, conferences, exhibitions, screenings and theatrical performances.
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Photo caption: R. F. Foster, the Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford, will lecture on “Making a Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1916” as part of a series presented by the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton.
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