The Patron of St Patrick's: Irish Writing, Mental Health and the Legacy of Jonathan Swift - A Lecture

Tue 16 Mar, 7:30PM

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The Patron of St Patrick's: Irish Writing, Mental Health and the Legacy of Jonathan Swift - A Lecture

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Tue 16 Mar 2021 7:30PM

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The Patron of St Patrick's: Irish Writing, Mental Health And The Legacy Of Jonathan Swift - A Lecture By Dr James Ward

An online lecture, delivered through Zoom

This event is 'Pay What You Can'. Please give what you feel would be an appropriate price for this show. We recommend £5 per ticket.   

Jonathan Swift is world famous as author of Gulliver's Travels and Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Less well known, however, is that he founded Ireland's first psychiatric hospital. St Patrick's Hospital is the oldest institution of its kind in Europe and continues to serve the community today.  

This talk discusses what might have driven Swift to establish this institution, why his work is preoccupied with questions of mental health and why his own condition has been subject to endless speculation and posthumous diagnosis.  

It traces the close and enduring connection between Swift, Irish writing and mental health through such celebrated writers as Samuel Beckett and W.B. Yeats, as well as poets Derek Mahon and Austin Clarke, both of whom were patients at St Patrick's.   


For more information please email r.daley@ulster.ac.uk 

 

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