New Book: Neil Jordan: Works for the page by Val Nolan. Cork Uni Press

Hailed in the Irish Times as a ‘great Irish novelist’, Neil Jordan is, in the words of Fintan O’Toole, ‘a peculiarly emblematic figure of cultural change’. Yet, extraordinarily, such critical acclaim has come about without detailed scholarly engagement with Jordan’s most sustained interrogation of Ireland and notions of Irishness: his fiction. Neil Jordan: Works for the page fills this gap

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New Book: Eoin MacNeill:The pen and the sword Edited by Conor Mulvagh and Emer Purcell

Eoin MacNeill (1867-1945) was a founding figure in the Gaelic League, the Irish Volunteers, and the government of Ireland. As Professor of Early (including Mediaeval) History at University College Dublin was also one of the foremost Irish historians of his generation. As a professor, a politician, and the leader of a paramilitary organisation, MacNeill fused scholarship and activism into a

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New Collection: Navigating Historical Crosscurrents in the Irish Atlantic: Essays for Catherine Shannon. Ed. Mary C. Kelly. CUP

This volume takes inspiration from Professor Catherine Shannon’s scholarship on Modern Irish and Irish American history and her advocacy for peace in Northern Ireland and features original research by distinguished scholars and social-justice activists on both sides of the Atlantic. The essays illuminate the historical relationship between Ireland and North America over past centuries. They offer new readings of the

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Call for Book Proposals: New Perspectives on Irish Literary Studies: Bloomsbury Academic

Global Perspectives in Irish Literary Studies: New Series – Call for Proposals Global Perspectives in Irish Literary Studies will publish monographs and edited collections exploring exciting new critical paths and interventions within Irish studies by showcasing global, comparative and transnational viewpoints on Irish literature and culture. It will feature established and emerging scholars working on cutting-edge investigations that shed new

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New Book: Churches in the Irish Landscape AD 400-1100 by Tomás Ó Carragáin. Cork University Press

Between the fifth century and the ninth, several thousand churches were founded in Ireland, a higher density than most other regions of Europe. This period saw fundamental changes in settlement patterns, agriculture, social organisation, rituals and beliefs, and churches are an important part of that story. The premise of this book is that landscape archaeology is one of the most

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New Book: Yeats Now: Echoing into Life by Joseph M. Hassett. Lilliput Press

W.B. Yeats believed that a poet’s life should be an experiment in living. His poems fashion into memorable words the sometimes puzzling emotions that hover over important life events. Yeats’s remarkable work can clarify our own thinking about similar situations. Joseph M. Hassett’s Yeats Now: Echoing into Life extracts and distills the rich harvest of Yeats’s experiment. As Yeats’s biographer

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New book: Midnight Again: The Wartime Letters of Helen Ramsey Turtle ed John Wilson Foster.

Midnight Again: The Wartime Letters of Helen Ramsey Turtle. Edited by John Wilson Foster. Mahee Island Press. ISBN: 978-12-5272-9411-0 (Ramsey Turtle was an American woman living in Belfast and on Mahee Island, Co. Down between 1933 and 1946 when she returned to the USA to die prematurely at the age of 35. The book is an edited and annotated selection

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New Book: Ireland’s New Traditionalists: Fianna Fáil republicanism and gender, 1926-1938 by Kenneth Shonk

Ireland’s New Traditionalists: Fianna Fáil republicanism and gender, 1926-1938 by Kenneth Shonk The creation of Fianna Fáil in 1926 marked a new era in Irish politics wherein an evolved version of Irish republicanism, suited to operate in the Irish Free State, entered the political arena. Fianna Fáil was indeed a political organisation, but it was also a nationalist project, intent

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New Book: Heroes of Ireland’s Great Hunger. Eds. Christine Kinealy, Jason King and Gerard Moran. Cork Uni Press

Heroes of Ireland’s Great Hunger Edited by Christine Kinealy, Jason King and Gerard Moran The tragedy that struck Ireland between 1845 and 1852 is often viewed through the lens of cold-hearted bureaucrats, greedy merchants or indifferent landlords who put profit, principles of political economy, and prejudice against the Irish poor, above the need to save lives. This ground-breaking volume examines

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New Book: Stepping through Origins Nature, Home, and Landscape in Irish Literature by Jefferson Holdridge. Syracuse Uni Press

Since the eighteenth century, landscape has played complex psychological and political roles in the narrative of Irishness, entailing questions of memory, family, home, exile, and forgiveness. In Stepping through Origins, Holdridge explores the interplay of these concepts in literature. For Irish writers from Swift to Heaney, the Irish landscape has remained not only a reflection of Irish troubles but, much

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