Dr. Tom Redshaw to speak Nov. 17 about 'Researching Liam Miller's Dolmen Press'

Dr. Tom Redshaw to speak Nov. 17 about 'Researching Liam Miller's Dolmen Press'

The English Department colloquium series will feature a lecture by Dr. Tom Redshaw, a professor in the English Department and editor emeritus of the quarterly Irish journal New Hibernia Review.

Titled “Researching Liam Miller's Dolmen Press," this lecture is scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in the O'Shaughnessy Room, Room 108, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. This event is open to the St. Thomas community. Light refreshments will be served.

As the discipline of English slowly encompasses new realms of inquiry, English scholars seek to innovate by making use of new and different materials. Since World War II, American and European universities, libraries, government organizations and private foundations have created new archives of primary materials.

Redshaw's own research still focuses on what is known as "book history" and particularly on the books published between 1951 and 1985 by Ireland 's leading literary publisher, the Dolmen Press. Luckily, in 1988 Wake Forest University had the good fortune to acquire the working files of the Dolmen Press as well as the library of Liam Miller, Dolmen's proprietor. These boxes of files now constitute a newly accessible trove both for historians of the book and for critics of Irish literary culture during the decades of the Ulster "Troubles."

Redshaw’s talk, aided by examples and illustrations drawn from the Dolmen Archive files, will focus on the discoveries that he's made as a result of his archival research.

Redshaw's lecture concludes the fall semester portion of the English Department colloquium series. The series will continue next spring with the offering of three additional events.

Spring semester 2007

  • Feb. 16: Faculty-student panel, "Generating Enthusiasm in the English Program," Brenda Powell, Jacob Paro, Brian Timmerman and Lissi Danielson
  • March 9: Erica Frisicaro, "Square Pegs, Round Whole? New Literacies and the Structure of English Studies"
  • April 20: Joan Piorkowski, "Drama of the Ordinary: Writing About the Sachsenhausen SS"

Questions about the colloquium series can be directed to the English Department, (651) 962-5600.