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We would like to take a moment to remember the life of G. J. Watson, who passed away February 2, 2009. Professor Watson was a valued member of our editorial board since 1989 and a Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen from 1966 until his retirement in 2005. Born in 1942 in Portadown, Co Armagh, Ireland, Professor Watson was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and Wadham College Oxford. Later, Professor Watson was appointed Assistant Director of the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at Aberdeen in 2001, and he was instrumental in the development of interdisciplinary studies between theater, politics, and the literature of his native Ireland. His widely influential Drama: an Introduction (1983) and Irish Identity and the Literary Revival (1979; repr. 1994), an exhaustive account of the political context of the achievements of W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, John Millington Synge, and Sean O’Casey, gave Professor Watson scholastic international renown, adding to his wide circle of friends, followers, and students. Professor Watson was “legendary for his cheerful pursuit of high academic standards, his sense of humour, his gift for mimicry, and his loyalty.”
Please visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/georgewatson.shtml to read more about the life and influence of Professor Watson.
The comments section will remain open for other members of the James Joyce community to share their memories of G. J. Watson.
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