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Scholars' Forum in CIT welcomes Elizabeth Redwine  

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Dr. Elizabeth Redwine, Core I Coordinator, English lecturer, and author.

Inside the Core this week, we look forward the second Scholars' Forum in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition event of the spring semester, next Wed., March 23, at 4 pm. Dr. Elizabeth Redwine, of the English Department and Coordinator of Core I, Journey of Transformation, will be discussing her recent book, Gender, Performance, and Authorship at the Abbey Theatre (Oxford UP, May 2021). Her topic will focus on women who performed at the famous Irish Theatre and who helped in writing plays, from which their Catholic faith and gender often excluded them from writing directly. It will be a very interesting and inspiring evening.

Dr. Redwine has said that these women, whom she has so assiduously researched, became to her like "aunts," for whom she developed an affection. Living in Ireland prior to its independence, anti-Catholic bias would have been a reason for their being excluded from being able to write plays themselves. Their gender, of course, would have been another reason for their being overlooked. Despite these strikes held against them, these creative women, serving as actors in the plays being performed, often used that position to help in the writing of the plays. Dr. Redwine's discussion will be illuminating and a wonderful event to celebrate Women's History Month.

In addition to Gender, Performance, and Authorship at the Abbey Theatre, out last May with Oxford University Press, Elizabeth Brewer Redwine is the co-author, with Amrita Ghosh, of the forthcoming Tagore and Yeats: a Postcolonial Re-envisioning. She is a lecturer in the English Department at Seton Hall University where she is also coordinator for the Core class Journey of Transformation. She edits, with Martha Carpentier, the annual online journal Critical Inquiries into Irish Studies.

Here is a brief description of the book:
Gender, Performance, and Authorship at the Abbey Theatre argues for a reconsideration of authorship at the Abbey Theatre. The actresses who performed the key roles at the Abbey contributed original ideas, language, stage directions, and revisions to the theater's most renowned plays attributed to William Butler Yeats and J. M. Synge. Leaders at the Abbey and the press overlooked these contributions because the actresses were predominantly working-class Catholic women from Dublin tenement neighborhoods. This study recovers the role of these women in creating both the performances and the texts of the major plays of the Abbey.

For Dr. Redwine's book, use the following link.

The Scholars' Forum in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition is co-sponsored by the University Core, the Catholic Studies Program, the Catholic Studies Center, the Department of Religion, and Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology.

Please mark your calendar for Wednedday, March 23rd, at 4 p.m.!
The Scholars' Forum normally meets on Wednesdays, at 4 p.m. via TEAMS. Click here for a link to the meeting. (The link will always be the same for these meetings.)

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