Boy, Could the Irish Throw a Party: UMKC’s Joan FitzPatrick Dean Examines Legacy of Olympic-Size Public Pageants

Joan FitzPatrick Dean
UMKC’s Joan FitzPatrick Dean discusses her new book on the extravagant public pageants staged in Ireland in the early 20th century to mark significant historical, political, and religious events – a sort of precursor to today’s opening ceremonies at the Olympics.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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6:30 pm
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In the early twentieth century, publicly staged productions of historical events became increasingly popular—and increasingly grand—in Ireland. These pageants, not unlike the opening ceremonies of today’s Olympic Games, could mobilize huge numbers of citizens in elaborate presentations that offered the Irish a sense of their own past.

Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, looks at the historical significance of these spectacles in a discussion of her new book, All Dressed Up. She presents a nation forging an identity by reimagining its past.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes this event. Co-sponsored by the Irish Center of Kansas City.

Fri, 11/14/2014
Courtney Lewis,816.701.3669
Boy, Could the Irish Throw a Party: UMKC’s Joan FitzPatrick Dean<br> Examines Legacy of Olympic-Size Public Pageants

In the early 20th century, publicly staged productions of historical events became increasingly popular – and increasingly grand – in Ireland. The pageants, not unlike the opening ceremonies of today’s Olympic Games, mobilized huge numbers of citizens in elaborate presentations that offered the Irish a sense of their own past.

University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Joan FitzPatrick Dean examines these spectacles in a discussion of her new book, All Dressed Up: Modern Irish Historical Pageantry, on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Dean’s research on the Irish pageants uncovered scripts, program covers, and detailed designs for costumes, all conveying the grandeur of the events. Tracing the phenomenon through the past century, she presents a nation forging an identity by reimagining its past.

The Curators Professor of English at UMKC, Dean has taught at the university since 1975. Among her other books is Riot and Great Anger: Stage Censorship in Twentieth-Century Ireland.

Admission to her presentation is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes this event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.

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