The Influences of William Butler Yeats

The Influences of William Butler Yeats

At the Irish American Heritage Museum

October 3, 2015 @ 2PM


Joseph Valente and Dr. Eileen Morgan Zayachek


In continued celebration of the 150th birthday of William Butler Yeats, please join the Irish American Heritage Museum for a fascinating look at the work of William Butler Yeats. The Museum will be joined on October 3rd at 2PM by two fantastic scholars: University at Buffalo distinguished professor Joseph Valente and SUNY Oneonta Associate Professor – Associate Provost of Academic Programs Dr. Eileen Morgan-Zayachek who both will be discussing the influences of William Butler Yeats.

Joseph Valente is a lecturer and teacher at the Yeats Summer School and the Treasurer of the International Yeats Society. He is the coeditor of “Yeats and Afterwords” which receivedwilliam-butler-yeats the following review:

“This ground-breaking collection of essays examines Yeats’s sense of historical belatedness as theme, as trope, in formal embodiments such as the afterword, and in his strong critical shaping of literary history. In doing so, it historicizes Yeats’s own sense of history with unparalleled depth, while seriously acting on the acceptance that form is itself historical. In showing how Yeats’s moulding of the past was also the creation of a future, it offers a range of productive new starting-points for the study of this great poet.” — Edward Larrissy, emeritus, Queen’s University, Belfast

Dr. Eileen Morgan-Zayachek will be speaking on the importance of Maud Gonne to Yeats’s early poetry and explain how the fraught end of their relationship and the way their conflict reflects on Yeats’s late political views.

A native of Long Island and graduate of Colgate University, Professor Morgan-Zayachek returned to New York in 2000 after spending the previous decade at Big 10 universities in the Midwest. She received a doctorate in English from Indiana University in 1998, specializing in Irish studies, and completed a two-year lectureship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has received research grants and teaching commendations at both schools, her publications include essays on the film Michael Collins and the novels of Irish author Edna O’Brien. Her current research focuses on the influence of radio in Ireland, and her essay on Irish quiz programs during WWII appeared in the winter 2001 edition of History Ireland. She has also introduced and co-edited a collection of essays, A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the Stage (Indiana UP, 2001). She teaches courses in composition, critical theory, and Irish, British and American literature, and has a particular interest in William Butler Yeats.

This program is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Michael Carroll family.

Street parking is free on weekends! Join the Museum, located at 370 Broadway Albany, NY 12207, on October 3, 2015 at 2PM for this event. Please do not park in lots located behind the Museum.

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