MELBOURNE IRISH STUDIES SEMINARS
An Inter-University Forum for Irish and Irish-Australian Studies
Roxanne Bodsworth, Victoria University, Melbourne. A Woman’s Fate: female self-determination in the elopement tales (aithed) of Deidriu and Naoise; Gráinne and Diarmaid.
ABSTRACT: There are strong parallels in these two tales, yet the female characters are portrayed very differently in the medieval and subsequent literature. Deidriu is most often portrayed in sympathetic terms while Gráinne is vilified. In this paper, I argue that the principal difference in the portrayal of the women is because Deidriu is seen as a victim of fate, while Gráinne is seeking to determine her own destiny in a way that is perceived as unattractive even in contemporary times.
@ THE ORATORY, NEWMAN COLLEGE, Swanston St, Parkville.
When entering from Swanston Street, turn right into the main College building and up the stairs on the right of the corridor. Pre-seminar drinks will be at 6 p.m. and the paper will commence at 6.15 pm.
Those who wish to do so may join the group for dinner and/or a drink after the seminar at Naughton’s Hotel in Royal Parade.
These are free public seminars. For further details email <P.J.Bull@latrobe.edu.au> OR <email@example.com> OR <Dianne.Hall@vu.edu.au
Convenors: Dianne Hall (Victoria University); Frances Devlin-Glass (Deakin University); Philip Bull (La Trobe University).