September 18, 2013

Irish Literature Professor Giving Lecture Sept. 20

Professor and historian of British and Irish literature Marilynn Richtarik will present a lecture entitled, “Stewart Parker: The Playwright in his Place,” on Friday, September 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. The lecture is part of a series presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Richtarik’s interests lie in Northern Irish theatre and drama, and the “tumultuous intersection” of the country’s politics and arts. In addition to several program notes for American, British, and Irish productions of the plays of Stewart Parker, her publications include Acting Between the Lines: The Field Day Theatre Company and Irish Cultural Politics 1980-1984 (1995), Counterparts: James Joyce and Stewart Parker (1998), and ‘Ireland, the Continuous Past’: Stewart Parker’s Belfast History Plays (2000). She has contributed to Bullán, Modern Drama, and appeared on Ireland’s RTE Radio One.

Following from her 2012 biography, Stewart Parker: A Life, Ms. Richtarik’s lecture will explore the brief but storied career of playwright, poet, and cultural critic Stewart Parker (1941-1988), whose works included a column on popular music in The Irish Times, poetry, essays, and plays for television, radio, and the stage.

Chaired by Princeton professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, the Fund for Irish Studies is celebrating its 15th anniversary season.