Monday, March 15, 2010

Supernatural Encounters on the Irish Border

PROFESSOR RAY CASHMAN, Author of Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border (Indiana University Press, 2008), will present


Monday, March 22 at 7:00 PM, Brown Hall 3025, Free and open to the public.

Dr. Cashman’s presentation investigates the nonfictional accounts of supernatural encounters told by Irish storyteller Packy Jim McGrath. In these stories the supernatural bursts into everyday life; haunting presences and gaping absences force us to question the shape of reality and point to a divine plan. Having crossed a boundary, ghosts, wraith, and fairies are out-of-place in this material world, yet at the same time their presence confirms a broader cosmological order of which the here and now are but one part. Approaching these narratives with previous work on sense of place in mind offers new perspectives on both belief and sense of place scholarship.
This Presentation is sponsored by the following departments, Programs and Institutes: Department of Anthropology, Africana Studies, Department of English, Department of History, Lee Honor’s College, Lewis Walker Institute, Gender and Women’s Studies Program

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