With characteristic lawlessness and connection to the common man, the figure of the rogue commanded the world of Irish fiction from 1660 to 1790. During this period of development for the Irish novel, this archetypal figure appears over and over again. Early Irish fiction combined the picaresque genre, focusing on a cunny, witty trickster or pícaro, with the escapades of» Read more
New Essay Collection: Romantic-Era Irish Women Poets in English edited by Stephen Behrendt. Cork University Press
This book offers a representative sampling of the still mostly unknown poetry by Romantic-era Irish women. It represents most of the period’s active poets by multiple (rather than only a few) works, demonstrating the diversity and the subject range of these four dozen or so poets over the 50-year period. Although several of these poets appear (briefly) in Andrew Carpenter’s» Read more
New Book Dramaturgy of Form: Performing Verse in Contemporary Theatre by Kasia Lech. Routledge Focus.
Dramaturgy of Form examines verse in twenty-first-century theatre practice across different languages, cultures, and media. Through interdisciplinary engagement, Kasia Lech offers a new method for verse analysis in the performance context.The book traces the dramaturgical operation of verse in new writings, musicals, devised performances, multilingual dramas, Hip Hop theatre, films, digital projects, and gig theatre, as well as translations and» Read more
New Book: Modern Writers, Transnational Literatures: Rabindranath Tagore and W. B. Yeats by Ragini Mohite.
Description This book addresses W.B. Yeats’s and Rabindranath Tagore’s engagements with identity, nationalism, and the literary and cultural traditions of Ireland and India. It offers a fresh critical perspective on their work from the beginning of the twentieth century, the point at which their international collaborations most significantly influence the cross-border lives of their literature. This book foregrounds the Yeats-Tagore» Read more
New Book: The Economics of Empire: Genealogies of Capital and the Colonial Encounter Edited By Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem, Michael O’Sullivan, Routledge
The Economics of Empire: Genealogies of Capital and the Colonial Encounter is a multidisciplinary intervention into postcolonial theory that constructs and theorizes a political economy of empire.T his comprehensive collection traces the financial genealogies associated with the colonial enterprise, the strategies of economic precarity, the pedigrees of capital, and the narratives of exploitation that underlay and determined the course of» Read more
The Letters of Denis Devlin by Sarah Bennett The first edition of the letters of Denis Devlin, Irish poet, translator and diplomat, this volume brings together a personal and professional correspondence that has until now been scattered across archives in Europe and North America. While representing a transformative contribution to Devlin scholarship and the wider field of 1930s and 40s» Read more
New Book: Working in Cork: Everyday life in Irish Steel, Sunbeam Wolsey and the Ford Marina Plant, 1917-2001 by Liam Cullinane. Cork University Press
This book deals with the history of the working class in twentieth-century Ireland through a close examination of three Cork factories (Irish Steel, Sunbeam-Wolsey and the Ford Marina Plant) and the men and men who worked therein. Departing from previous labour history in Ireland, this book uses a comparative factory study approach – combined with extensive oral testimony – to» Read more
New Book: Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings, 1700-2000 by Claudia Kinmonth. Cork University Press.
This major illustrated study, encompassing three centuries, illuminates a way of life in Ireland that has almost vanished. ‘Claudia Kinmonth’s astonishing work of scholarship and preservation records the richness of Irish furniture and furnishings across three centuries – an intimate and powerful expression of domestic life and material culture in a vanishing world. — Professor Daniel Carey, Vice President of» Read more
The Troubles claimed the lives of almost four thousand people in Northern Ireland, most of them civilians; forty-five thousand were injured in bombings and shootings. Relative to population size this was the most intense conflict experienced in Western Europe since the end of the Second World War. The central question posed in this book is fundamental, yet it is one» Read more
New Book: The New Irish Studies, edited by Paige Reynolds (Cambridge UP, 2020). The New Irish Studies demonstrates how diverse critical approaches enable a richer understanding of contemporary Irish writing and culture. The early decades of the twenty-first century in Ireland and Northern Ireland have seen an astonishing rate of change, one that reflects the common understanding of the contemporary» Read more