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Irish Literary Biography and Intergenerational Trauma


  • Celtic Junction Arts Center 836 N. Prior Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104 USA (map)

Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, and James Joyce – all great Irish authors; all with entangled family backgrounds that influenced their art.  What were their entanglements? How does trying to understand them give us another lens on their greatness, and on inter-generational trauma in our own lives?  Family constellation theory says that many of us either (re)enact it or try to work it out.  We will explore one author for part of each night and then reframe their experience through the lens of family constellations, a powerful tool that can help us understand hidden family dynamics.  On the fifth night of class there will be an opportunity for one or more class participants to try a constellation themselves. [Note: Students acquire the text,Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce by Colm Toibin (New York: Scribners 2018).] Instructors: Patrick O'Donnell, Ph.D, Katherine Curran, Ph.D. and Mike McElwee, Ph.D.  Class fee (excluding the cost of the book): $100 or $90 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Lead instructor: Katherine Curran email: kcurran@powerandleadership.com 5 sessions. Mondays 6:30-8 p.m. Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 4. Cash or checks payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center. 

Earlier Event: January 13
An Afternoon of Family Constellations
Later Event: February 16
An Afternoon of Family Constellations