Pat Burke R.I.P.

Pat Burke R.I.P. It is with great sadness that we share the news that Pat Burke, cherished long-standing IASIL member died on 11 November after a heroically-borne advanced Parkinson’s disease. Pat’s passionate love for drama and theatre, his bright essays on Brian Friel and other playwrights, his tireless work as adjudicator of amateur performances all over Ireland, his success as

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New Book: Flann O’Brien: Gallows Humour by Ruben Borg and Paul Fagan. Cork University Press.

The essays collected in this volume draw unprecedented critical attention to the centrality of politics in Flann O’Brien’s art. The organising theme of Gallows humour focuses these inquiries onto key encounters between the body and the law, between death and the comic spirit in the author’s canon. These innovative analyses explore the place of biopolitics in O’Brien’s modernist experimentation and

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New Book: Avant-Garde Nationalism at the Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928-1940 by Ruud van den Beuken. Syracuse University Press

In 1928, Hilton Edwards and Micheál mac Liammóir founded the Dublin Gate Theatre, which quickly became renowned for producing stylistically and dramaturgically innovative plays in a uniquely avant-garde setting. While the Gate’s lasting importance to the history of Irish theater is generally its introduction of experimental foreign drama to Ireland, Van den Beuken shines a light on the Gate’s productions

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New Book: Write My Name: Authorship in the Poetry of Thomas Moore By Justin Tonra. Routledge.

Write My Name: Authorship in the Poetry of Thomas Moore By Justin Tonra Write My Name: Authorship in the Poetry of Thomas Moore is the first monograph devoted to Moore’s poetry. The focus of the book is on Moore’s poetry and differing formulations of authorship therein. Its scope comprises poetic publications from Moore’s early career, from his Romantic Orientalist writings, and

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New Collection: Famine Pots: The Choctaw-Irish Gift Exchange, 1847-Present Edited by LeAnne Howe & Padraig Kirwan. Cork University Press

Famine Pots: The Choctaw-Irish Gift Exchange, 1847-Present Edited by LeAnne Howe and Padraig Kirwan The remarkable story of the money sent by the Choctaw to the Irish in 1847 is one that is often told and remembered by people in both nations. This gift was sent to the Irish from the Choctaw at the height of the Great Irish Famine,

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New essay collection: New Zealand’s Responses to the 1916 Rising Edited by Peter Kuch and Lisa Marr. Cork University Press

New Zealand’s Responses to the 1916 Rising Edited by Peter Kuch and Lisa Marr This book examines what distinguished New Zealand’s response to the Rising and its aftermath — particularly from Australian and Canadian responses, the two Dominions whose constitutional relations to the United Kingdom were frequently cited in determining Irish independence. Organized chronologically, it opens with a chapter detailing

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New essay collection: Irish Famines before and after the Great Hunger Edited by Christine Kinealy and Gerard Moran. Cork University Press

Irish Famines before and after the Great Hunger Edited by Christine Kinealy and Gerard Moran The Great Hunger of 1845 to 1852 cast a long shadow over the subsequent history of Ireland and its diaspora. Since 1995, there has been a renewed interest in studying this event, not only by history scholars and students, but by archaeologists, artists, musicians, scientists,

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New essay collection: Yeats and Asia: Overviews and Case Studies Edited by Seán Golden, Cork University Press

The association of Yeats with Asia suggests references to Byzantium, Theosophy, the influence of Mohini Chatterjee, Occultism, Rabindranath Tagore or the Upanishads, Nōh theatre, masks or his fugitive use of Zen koans, and the gyres as a version of Yin and Yang. Yeats made explicit references to Asian matters in his works, like the Buddha in ‘The Statues,’ as well

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Call for Papers – Themed issue of RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance: “Performing in Digital”, deadline 21 August 2020

Call for Papers – Themed issue of RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance Title: Performing in DigitalKey words: archives, performance, theatre, universities, memory, education Guest Editors: Dr. Barry Houlihan and Dr. Catherine Morris, NUI Galway The global virus pandemic transformed lives tragically and accelerated the world into a digital co-existence at multiple heightened levels of interdependencies. In this

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Irish University Review, Celebrating 50 years in 2020! 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary Edition of The Irish University Review.

The Irish University Review is the premier and leading journal in Irish literary criticism. It covers, on a global scale, all aspects of Irish literature in the English language. This special 50th Anniverary Edition – indeed, our Golden Jubilee Edition! – is themed “Irish Studies Now” and contains a singular, dare we say ‘unique’ collection of articles and essays on a

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