November 8, 2000
Andrew Smyth, assistant professor of English at Plymouth State College will speak on “Language, Violence, and Colonial Ireland: The Subversive Nature of 16th Century Political Dialogue” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Smyth’s presentation is hosted by the College’s Society for Scholarly Dialogue, at the Frost Academic Commons.
Smyth says, “Edmund Spenser’s View of the Present State of Ireland has been vilified as a cold-blooded tract advocating inhumane policies toward the subjugation of Ireland. In the past two decades, however, increasing attention has been focused on the role of various discourses that have complicated our understanding of the English perception of their actions in Ireland.” Smyth adds that Spenser’s View should be read in the humanistic tradition of dialogue as a method of disputation that may educate readers to the ethical complexities of the colonial situation.
The public talk is preceded by a social gathering at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6:15 p.m. Dinner tickets are $8.75. There is no charge for Smyth’s presentation. Contact Jeanne Dubino, 535-2682 for information and reservations.