Students of the MA Programme in Anglophone and Hispanic Literatures and the Degree in English Studies
- Olivia Serret Sanz: Mary Morrisy's work constitutes tangible proof of the essential role literary studies and institutions like Alka-Éire continue to play nowadays. Literature allows us to rescue from the fringes of history all those lives that make up the patchwork of our collective memory, that build the intrahistoria Miguel de Unamuno talked about. Restoring historical figures such as Bella Casey or Nora Barnacle back into culture enables us to shed a light on the societies which forgot about them, but also on the society that has actively chosen to remember and celebrate them.
- Cody Alexander Troyan: Hearing Mary Morrissy give voice to her characters as well as comment on her approach towards historical fiction writing was an illuminating experience —especially her distinction between the research methodology of a novelist versus that of an academic.
- María Valle Garrido: I am writing to convey my thanks to professor Marisol Morales-Ladrón for making Mary Morrissy's talk possible through her work and effort. One of the most special readings for this course has been The Rising of Bella Casey, perhaps because I have been able to get to know the author. While she was reading a fragment of the book, I realised that she has the ability to transmit each of her sensations and atmospheres that surround her thanks to her gaze and the way she expresses herself. In addition, the content and form of this work is enduring, as the novel manages to create such an asphyxiating atmosphere that it manages to go beyond the paper and reach the reader, making you never forget it, neither the work nor the feelings it evoked.
- Francisco Chacón Giménez: First of all, I would like to point out that I found the presentation very interesting. Presentations of this kind allow not only to get to know the novel better but also to get to know a little bit of the author's more personal side. I really liked the fact that at the beginning of the presentation Mary Morrissy read a few pages of the story, as it helped me to put myself in the situation and remember the novel. I found the presentation very enjoyable and it has helped me to have a broader vision of the story and to solve some doubts, since some very interesting questions arose during the talk. I personally asked Mary Morrissy a question, and I was very satisfied with the answer. It was certainly a great initiative to bring such an important writer to give a talk, and it would be great to have more talks of this kind.