Interview: Dr Christina Morin, Institute of Irish Studies, QUB

Interview date: 13 January 2010

What book do you wish you had written?
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind (1936)

What would you do if you were not a literary critic?
Worry less about my future! Seriously though, I love doing what I do now, but if I couldn’t be a literary critic anymore, for whatever reason, I’d probably be a journalist or secondary school teacher.

When was the last time you looked at Wikipedia?
Last month, to settle a bet.

What event had the greatest impact on history in Ireland?
If I had to choose one, I’d say Anglo-Irish Union (1801), but that’s obviously influenced by my research area!

What are you reading now?
I’ve just started Burney’s Evelina (1778) – a book I’ve meant to read for ages but am only getting around to now.

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6 Responses to “Interview: Dr Christina Morin, Institute of Irish Studies, QUB”

  1. Patrick Maume Says:

    GONE WITH THE WIND is an interesting choice considering how much controversy is attached to it. Would Christina care to elaborate on it?

  2. Tina Morin Says:

    Hmmm… I hadn’t intended to court controversy. I read the novel as a teenager in a high school English class and fell in love with the characters. I was also enthralled by the fact that Mitchell wrote the novel in such a short period of time while recovering from a broken ankle – if only illness could make me so productive! Historical inaccuracies aside, Gone with the Wind is still a favourite!

  3. Patrick Maume Says:

    Fair enough. Your post on CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER, which is one of my favourites, was very interesting.

  4. Tina Morin Says:

    Actually, that was Lisa’s post, but I agree that it was very well done! _Confessions_ is also a favourite of mine – I love the thought of doppelgangers though I suspect I’d be rather afraid were I to meet my own!

  5. Georgina Laragy Says:

    Gone with the Wind is a great book. I read it after a visit to Atlanta for the AHA a few years ago. What with the wonderful southern drawl of our Margaret Mitchell tour guide to accompany it my reading, I felt I was back in the war torn south!

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