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Prof. Elke D’hoker (University of Leuven, Belgium) "'A creature other than myself': Art, Nature, Ethics in Sara Baume's A Line Made by Walking (2017)"

Datum: 06.05.2021, 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr
Kategorie: Startseite
Ort: online
Vortragende:r: Elke D'hoker

Although less lauded than her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Sara Baume’s A Line Made by Walking doubtlessly qualifies as one of the great Irish Novels of the 21st century for the way it revisits literary traditions in a highly original way. In this lecture, I will consider the book as a Bildungsroman in which the protagonist finds herself through a consideration of others; as a form of autofiction, complete with photographs, in the tradition of W.G. Sebald; as a revision of the Irish rural tradition in an age of climate change; and as a contemporary – and subtly feminist – inquiry into the tricky relation between ethics and aesthetics.

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Elke D'hoker is professor of English literature at the University of Leuven, where she is also co-director of the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies and of the modern literature research group, MDRN. She has published widely in the field of modern and contemporary British and Irish fiction, with special emphasis on the short story, women's writing and narrative theory. She is the author of a critical study on John Banville (Rodopi, 2004) and of Irish Women Writers and the Modern Short Story (Palgrave, 2016). She has also (co-)edited several essay collections, including Unreliable Narration (De Gruyter, 2008), Irish Women Writers (Lang, 2011), Mary Lavin (Irish Academic Press, 2013), The Irish Short Story (Lang, 2015), The Modern Short Story and Magazine Culture (EUP, 2021), and Ethel Colburn Mayne. Selected Stories (EER, 2021). She is vice-president of EFACIS and a member of the editorial board of RISE (Review of Irish Studies in Europe).


This lecture is part of “WueGlobal – Writing, Learning, Digital Connection” funded by the DAAD / IVAC International Virtual Academic Collaboration Program. Participation can be applied to the WueGlobal Certificate. Please visit the WueGlobal website for more information:

German Irish Studies Itinerary (GISI)

The “German Irish Studies Itinerary: Great Irish Novels of the Twenty-First Century” celebrates contemporary Irish culture through a lecture series innovative in its format and execution: EFACIS-related experts in the field of Irish Literary Studies collaborate to connect eleven German universities which feature a substantial Irish Studies component. Each of the fifteen experts will be travelling (if – alas! – only digitally in these times of Corona) to several different universities in Germany to talk about their favourite Irish novels of the twenty-first century. The project addresses the challenging situation of Irish Studies in Germany, and supports individual scholars in their endeavours to put Irish Studies back on the map of their institutions and regions.

The lectures introduce students, scholars and interested citizens to internationally celebrated and award-winning Irish fiction. In their analyses and interpretations, leading experts from across Europe will be demonstrating how these novels build on a rich heritage and contribute to discussing traditional, as well as to fashioning contemporary, Irish identities at the intersections of class, gender, race, religion and sexuality, while also intervening in (pre- and post-Brexit) political and cultural debates. Q&A sessions will engage the audiences in discussions and create a deeper understanding of the Irish heritage and contemporary debates in and about Ireland, Northern Ireland and the global Irish.

The project is funded by the Emigrant Support Programme of the Government of Ireland, administered by the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Embassy of Ireland, Berlin. For more information on GISI, please see:


If you are interested in participating in this online event, please sign up by sending an email with the subject line “D’HOKER” to by May 5, 2021. Please include your full name, affiliation or address, and a phone number.

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Irish Studies Würzburg (ISWÜ)

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