Exploring all aspects of Ireland in the long eighteenth century, this conference will be organised in association with Cumann Merriman to mark the bicentenary of the death of the celebrated North Munster poet Brian Merriman (1749-1805), author of Cúirt an Mhean-Oíche (The Midnight Court). The following topics are particularly relevant to the conference theme: text, MSS, transmission, translation, reception of The Midnight Court; Utopian elements in the work of Merriman and his contemporaries; European and/or Enlightenment contexts to the work of Merriman, including the European education of the priesthood; local history of Clare/Limerick; folklore; gender, marriage and sexuality; religion and the status of priests in Ireland; illegitimacy and the status of children; the legal context. In addition to proposals on the conference theme, proposals relating to any aspect of Ireland in the long eighteenth century will be welcomed.
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