Everything you always wanted to know about desire…in 15 minutes – Facilitated by Dr. Jenny O’Connor

March 25, 2021 to March 25, 2021 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM


Everything you always wanted to know about desire…in 15 minutes: Han Kang’s The Vegetarian – Facilitated by Dr. Jenny O’Connor

  • Thursday 25 March   1:15pm – 1:45pm

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In Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, Yeong-hye is a silent wife who tends to her husband’s every need until a dream about the barbarity of eating meat prompts her to empty her freezer of their plentiful supplies of beef, pork, squid and eel. This moment (along with her husband’s realisation that she hasn’t ironed his shirt as usual) marks the first assertion that she must indeed be “insane”. Yet this apparent insanity leads to a wholly new exploration of desire that is inaccessible to many of us. What is our desire founded in? And how do we free ourselves to express it? Perhaps we’ve been experiencing desire in unproductive ways for our entire lives. This talk will attempt to outline everything you always wanted to know about desire in Han Kang’s novel…in 15 minutes.

Text you may wish to read: The Vegetarian by Han Kang


This event is a partnership between Waterford Libraries and English and Theatre Studies Team from The School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

Waterford Libraries and the English and Theatre Studies Team at the School of Humanities, WIT have joined forces to create an engaging series of bite-sized lunchtime presentations, based on themes and topics encountered by students on the WIT 3 year Honours Bachelor of Arts course. These are on a host of topics from books, transcription of letters to breathing exercises – all are free and open to everyone. The series of four presentations will take place on Thursdays from 11 March – 1 April at 1:15pm to 1:45pm.


Check out the rest of our series:


And…breathe: An interactive workshop to connect the mind and body through the breath.

Facilitated by Dr Kate McCarthy

Thursday 11 March   1:15pm – 1:45pm


The Spinning Heart and the Irish Psyche.

Facilitated by Dr Christa de Brún

Thursday 18 March   1:15pm – 1:45pm


Reading other people’s letters: A workshop in transcription.

Facilitated by Dr Úna Kealy

Thursday 1 April         1:15pm – 1:45pm



Part of the Irish Government’s Keep Well campaign which is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own wellbeing by adding a range of initiatives to support individual and community

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