WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Charbonnel Lounge, St. Michael’s College, Elmsley Hall, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto
Film Screening (one hour)
The story of Brian Friel’s play Translations, the inaugural work of a cultural experiment that sought to “translate” the terms of the political debate in Ireland, North and South, over thirty years ago, as leading Irish Studies experts Seamus Deane and Declan Kiberd argue in the documentary. Translations created a space for dialogue and rediscovery; it attempted to recast Irish identity, independent of former blinkers. Translations is set in 1833, against the backdrop of major historical shifts in Ireland. The film asks why was the mapping and renaming of Irish parishes and townlands so pivotal in our history? How important was Translations for the establishment of the all-encompassing “cultural state” that Friel believed was necessary to create a stable political state? What role does the dispossession of language have in the conquest of a people?
Followed by a discussion and Q&A with the film’s co-producer Maurice Fitzpatrick, Lecturer, University of Cologne
All welcome – free admission – no registration required
The Celtic Studies Speakers Series is made possible by the generosity of a cultural grant from The Irish Cultural Society of Toronto