New Book: Fine Meshwork: Philip Roth, Edna O’Brien, and Jewish-Irish Literature by Dan O’Brien. Syracuse University Press

Fine Meshwork: Philip Roth, Edna O’Brien, and Jewish-Irish Literature by Dan O’Brien In a 1984 interview with longtime friend Edna O’Brien, Philip Roth describes her writing as “a piece of fine meshwork, a net of perfectly observed sensuous details that enables you to contain all the longing and pain and remorse that surge through the fiction.” The phrase “fine meshwork”

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New Book: Silence and Articulacy in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian by Maureen Ruprecht Fadem.

Silence and Articulacy in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian is an innovative contribution to the scholarship on Belfast poet, Medbh McGuckian. This book considers the entire oeuvre of this globally respected Irish woman writer, a member of the contemporary avant-garde with now fifteen (U.S. published) volumes and numerous individual publications. The author positions McGuckian’s oeuvre as political and historical poetry

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New Essay Collection: Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and storytellers edited by Susan Liddy, Cork University Press

Women in Irish Film: Stories and Storytellers is an interdisciplinary collection that critically explores the contribution of women to the Irish film industry as creators of culture – screenwriters, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, animators, film festival programmers and educators. This book will explore the experiences and reflections of Irish women practitioners and, across a range of chapters, will situate them

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New monograph: Paul Muldoon and the Language of Poetry by Ruben Moi, published by Brill.

Paul Muldoon and the Language of Poetry is the first book in years that attends to the entire oeuvre of the Irish-American poet, critic, lyricist, dramatist and Princeton professor from his debut with New Weather in 1973 up to his very recent publications. Ruben Moi’s book explores, in correspondence with language philosophy and critical debate, how Muldoon’s ingenious language and

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New monograph: Elemental Encounters in the Contemporary Irish Novel by Claire McGrail Johnston

Elemental Encounters in the Contemporary Irish Novel by Claire McGrail Johnston The underlying premise of this book is that reading is touching. Words leap out of their beds and pierce flesh like a knife. Storytelling breathes within the dynamic of encounters with air, fire, earth and water, permeated by emotion, imagination and touch. These ideas are contextualized within ancient community

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New Book by Eamonn Jordan Justice in the Plays and Films of Martin McDonagh (Palgrave Pivot, Jan 2020)

New Book by Eamonn Jordan: Justice in the Plays and Films of Martin McDonagh (Palgrave Pivot, Jan 2020) This book interrogates the various manifestations of rival systems of justice in the plays and films of Martin McDonagh, in analysis informed by the critical writings of Michael J. Sandel, Steven Pinker, Julia Kristeva, and in particular Amartya Sen on violence, justice,

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New Essay Collection: Protestant and Irish: The minority’s search for place in independent Ireland. Eds Ian d’Alton and Ida Milne

In 1989 Edna Longley remarked that if Catholics were born Irish, Protestants had to ‘work their passage to Irishness’.  With eighteen essays by scholars with individual perspectives on Irish Protestant history, this book explores a number of those passages.  Some were dead ends.  Some led nowhere in particular.  But others allowed southern Irish Protestants – those living in the Irish

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New Book: Irish Liberty, British Democracy: the third Irish Home Rule crisis, 1909-14 by James Doherty.

The crisis over the third Irish Home Rule Bill of 1913-14 is remembered as a dramatic political controversy that brought Ireland to the brink of civil war.  It remains an intriguing episode for students of history, not least because the unexpected outbreak of the First World War left its denouement permanently in suspense. James Doherty demonstrates that the leadership of

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Publication Announcement: Two new series on Irish women’s writing from EER Press and the Irish Women’s Writing Network.

EER Press and the Irish Women’s Writing Network are delighted to announce two new series on Irish women’s writing. Titles will reflect the current wealth of innovative critical, biographical, archival, and historical research on writing by Irish women from 1800 onward, considering both under-examined writers and fresh approaches to more familiar bodies of work. Key Irish Women Writers offers critical

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New Publication: Justice Daniel Cohalan 1865-1946: American Patriot and Irish-American Nationalist by Michael Doorley

Justice Daniel Cohalan 1865-1946: American patriot and Irish-American nationalist  By Michael Doorley Justice Daniel Cohalan, or the ‘Judge’ as he became known, is best remembered today for his tempestuous relationship with Irish nationalist leader Éamon de Valera during the latter’s visit to the United States in 1919–20. Cohalan deserves more attention than this and the story of his life as

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