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Amy Martin on “The Origins of Irish Internationalism”

September 27, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Amy Martin

(Princeton, NJ)  Historian and professor of British and Irish literature Amy Martin will present a lecture entitled, “The Origins of Irish Internationalism: Violence and Terror in Ireland, India and Jamaica, 1857-1870” on Friday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street.  The lecture is part of a series presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies.  The event is free and open to the public.

Martin is an associate professor in the English Department at Mount Holyoke College and also lectures at summer programs in Dublin for the Notre Dame Irish Studies Seminar and the James Joyce Summer School.  Her research topics range from post-colonial theory and Victorian studies to British imperial nationalism and the corresponding Irish anticolonial nationalism. Among Martin’s publications are Blood Transfusions: Representing Irish Immigration, the English Working Class, and Revolutionary Possibility in the Work of Carlyle and Engels (2004), and the book Alter-nations: Nationalisms, Terror, and the State in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (2012), as well as papers published in various journals.  Martin received her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College and continued her studies at Columbia University, where she received her Ph.D.

Stemming from her current project, a book that examines internationalism and critiques of empire in nineteenth century Ireland, Martin recently published an article on the subject entitled, Representing the “Indian Revolution” of 1857: Towards a Genealogy of Irish Internationalist Anticolonialism in the Field Day Review.  Her lecture will explore related conflicts in Jamaica and Ireland itself, and reflect on the development of modern ideas of terrorism and the state in Irish thought based on colonial situations in the three nations.  Martin’s scholarly work has been described as “impressive,” “indispensable,” and having an “immediate and lasting impact both on Irish Studies and on Victorian Studies.”

The Fund for Irish Studies, celebrating its fifteenth anniversary season and 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.

Information on the entire 2013-2014 Fund for Irish Studies series can be found at fisprinceton.wpengine.com.  Other events scheduled in the series include:

  • Kevin Barry, reading from his short story collection “Dark Lies the Island,” October 11
  • Performance by Irish jazz singer Christine Tobin of her award-winning settings of poems by W. B. Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium,” October 18
  • Philip King on “The Irish Song Lyric from Tom Moore to Christy Moore,” November 8
  • Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh in conversation with Senior Lecturer in Theater and Lewis Center Chair Michael Cadden, November 15

In addition, the Fund for Irish Studies will recognize this anniversary season by hosting a daylong symposium on Irish culture, politics, history, and life in April 2014.

To learn more about the over 100 events presented each year by the Lewis Center for the Arts, visit princeton.edu/arts.

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Photo caption: As part of a series presented by the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton, historian and scholar of British and Irish literature Amy Martin will lecture on “The Origins of Irish Internationalism: Violence and Terror in Ireland, India and Jamaica, 1857-1870”

Photo credit:  Photo by Paul Schnaittacher


September 27, 2013
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States
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