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English & Linguistics Friday Seminar: Dr Lisa Marr, "'It Would Really … Matter Tremendously': New Zealand Women and 1916."

The Otago English and Linguistics Department seminar series for second semester 2017 concludes this week with a presentation by Dr. Lisa Marr.

Lisa Marr is research assistant in English and Linguistics and did her Ph.D thesis at Otago on Thomas Flanagan’s The Year of the French.

Her presentation is titled, "'It Would Really … Matter Tremendously': New Zealand Women and 1916." She describes the presentation as follows:

News of the Easter Rising reached New Zealand homes two days after the first Anzac anniversary, when patriotic and Imperial feelings were running high. As most New Zealand women supported the war effort, they were shocked and saddened by the events in Ireland, believing the Rising to be disloyal, irresponsible, and ill-timed. However, as news filtered through of the arrests and deportations and especially the executions of rebel leaders, New Zealand women were moved to sympathise and empathise with their Irish counterparts, knowing that "if Ireland were New Zealand and such a thing had happened [here] … It would really … Matter Tremendously."

This paper examines the way New Zealand women responded to the Easter Rising. After outlining the initial general response, it focuses on two women who sympathised and empathised with the Irish: Katherine Mansfield and Jessie Mackay. It briefly considers the Irish Relief Fund and the letters of Irish migrant women, noting the way public responses were limited in 1916 New Zealand.

Date Friday, 13 October 2017
Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
Departmental Seminar
Open Seminar
DepartmentEnglish and Linguistics, Irish Studies
LocationCastle C
Contact NameDr Paul Tankard
Contact Phone+64 3 479 7724

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