Irish Writers and French Connections

July 21-22, 2023 - University of Chicago Center in Paris

Irish Writers and French Connections

July 21 and 22, 2023

University of Chicago Center in Paris, 6 rue Thomas Mann, 75013 Paris

An international colloquium co-organized by James Chandler (University of Chicago),

Carle Bonafous-Murat (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

and Declan Kiberd (University of Notre Dame)


Friday July 21, 2023


9:15: Coffee

9:45: Welcome and Introduction

10:00: Tom Bartlett (University of Aberdeen),

 « Theobald Wolfe Tone: a revolutionary on tour »

11:00: Claire Connolly (University College Cork), 

« Remarkables and Agreeables: Maria Edgeworth in Paris »

12:00: James Chandler (University of Chicago), 

« Edgeworth, Staël, and the Novel of Sensibility »

13:00: Lunch Break

14:30: Noreen Doody (Dublin City University),

« “Français de sympathie": cultural kinship, artistic influence and Oscar Wilde »

15:30: Declan Kiberd (University of Notre Dame),

« Synge, pas singe: Synge and Paris »

16:30: Catherine Flynn (University of California, Berkeley),

« Synge, Baudelaire, and Republicanism: Comedy and Violence


Saturday July 22, 2023


8:30: Coffee

9:00: Luke Gibbons (National University of Ireland, Maynooth),

« “In gay Paree he hides”: James Joyce, Paris and the Irish Revolution »

10:00: Alexandra Poulain (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle),

« Sean O’Casey and the French stage »

11:00: Clair Wills (Cambridge University),

« “Paris? I thought of girls and sin at once.” The idea of France in mid-century Irish fiction »

12:00:  Lunch Break

13:30: Carle Bonafous-Murat (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle),

« “La parfaite (in)conséquence du personnage”: Balzac, Gide, and Beckett »

14:30: Marjorie Colin (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle),

« Pour une réception populaire du théâtre beckettien »

15:30: Cliona Ni Riordain (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle),

« Maylis Besserie’s Irish Trilogy: Voicing Ireland in France »