Loras College Professor of English and Director of the Irish Studies Minor Andrew J. Auge
, Ph.D., is releasing his book, “A Chastened Communion: Modern Irish Poetry and Catholicism,” at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22 in the Loras College Alumni Campus Center, Ballroom A.
Published through Syracuse University Press, one of the top Irish Studies publishers in the United States, “A Chastened Communion”traces a new path through the well-traversed field of modern Irish poetry by revealing how critical engagement with Catholicism shapes the trajectory of the poetic careers of Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paul Durcan, and Paula Meehan.
“[The book] began with five weeks of research at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin in 2007, funded by the O’Connor Chair of Catholic Thought, and then four years of writing,” said Auge. “In many ways, I see it as the culmination of a process that began in 1999 when I helped create the Loras College Study Abroad program in Ireland.”
During the release, Auge will provide an overview of the book then explore a chapter with a discussion on how Irish poet Paula Meehan, Professor of Poetry at Trinity College in Ireland, revises the Marian tradition that previously held a strong presence in Irish culture.
The public is welcome at the event.