Radigan will speak at Literary Luncheon Suzanne Radigan, a Vermillion native, will be the guest speaker when the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library host the 13th annual Literary Luncheon in the community room of the library on Wednesday, April 17.
Professor Radigan, a member of The University of South Dakota English faculty, will talk on "Irish Literature and the Midwest" at 12:10 p.m. The luncheon preceding the talk will begin at 11:15 a.m. Cut-off date for purchasing tickets at $6.50 each is Monday, April 15. Phone reservations to 677-7060 will be accepted.
Radigan, the descendant both paternally and maternally of Irish immigrants to South Dakota, admits to enjoying a long-term reading relationship with Irish literature, taking pleasure in the comedy and tragedy of it. This she wishes to pass along to her listeners, at the same time pointing out it's similarities of theme and style with the established and emerging literature of the American Midwest.
Her knowledge has grown out of her studies in Ireland during the summer of 1995, an opportunity awarded to her through the benefit of a University of South Dakota Faculty Development Grant. Her talk will trace the rise of Irish literature in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
She will also compare some of its characteristics to characteristics native to literature in our part of the Midwest. Irish authors who may be discussed include novelist James Joyce, poet William Butler Yeats, dramatist George Bernard Shaw, and novelist, dramatist and poet Samuel Becket, as well as such vigorous and contemporary writers as Roddy Doyle.
A graduate of Vermillion High School and The University of South Dakota, Radigan has taught at colleges and universities in North Carolina, Texas, and Arizona as well as in American schools in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and The Netherlands. She has been a full time faculty member in the English Department at The University of South Dakota since 1988.
She received the university's "Teacher of the Year" award from the USD student association in both 1994 and 1999.
Friends of the Vermillion Public Library are proud that this year's speaker has had a close relationship with libraries, having been a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Library. In this 13th season of annual luncheons held during National Library Week, they are presenting "one of Vermillion's own."