Sport, the Media and Ireland: Interdisciplinary PerspectivesEdited by Neil O’Boyle and Marcus Free Sport occupies a central position in Irish social and cultural life, yet has been relatively marginal within the academy. Significant research has been undertaken by individual scholars, and various important books have been published recently – for example Paul Rouse’s Sport and Ireland; Mike Cronin et al.’s» Read more
Childhood, Religion and School InjusticeKarl Kitching Debates about religion and education internationally often presume the neutrality of secular education governance as an irrefutable public good. However, understandings of secular freedom, rights and neutrality in schooling are continuously contested, and social movements have disrupted the notion that there is a uniform public to be educated. Simultaneously, unjust, neoliberal and majoritarian education» Read more
New Book: Literary Drowning: Postcolonial Memory in Irish and Caribbean Writing by Stephanie Pocock Boeninger. Syracuse University Press.
Literary Drowning: Postcolonial Memory in Irish and Caribbean Writing Stephanie Pocock Boeninger Hardcover $75.00x | 978081563672 Paper $29.95s | 9780815636823 Ebook Literary depictions of drowning or burial at sea provide fascinating glimpses into the often-conflicted human relationship with memory. For many cultures and religious traditions, properly remembering the dead involves burial, a funeral, and some kind of grave marker. Traditional» Read more
New book: The Alliance of Pirates: Ireland and Atlantic piracy in the early seventeenth century by Connie Kelleher
In the early part of the seventeenth-century, along the southwest coast of Ireland, piracy was a way of life. Following the outlawing of privately-commissioned ships in 1603 by the new king of England, disenfranchised like-minded men of the sea, many who had been former ‘privateers’, merchant sailors and seamen and who had no recourse but to turn to plunder, joined» Read more
New Book The Child Sex Scandal and Modern Irish Literature by Joseph Valente and Margot Gayle Backus.
Even though the Irish child sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church have appeared steadily in the media, many children remain in peril. In The Child Sex Scandal and Modern Irish Literature, Joseph Valente and Margot Gayle Backus examine modern cultural responses to child sex abuse in Ireland. Using descriptions of these scandals found in newspapers, historiographical analysis, and 20th» Read more
Don Juan O’Brien: An Irish adventurer in nineteenth-century South America By Tim Fanning This is the first comprehensive study of John Thomond O’Brien, one of the most significant Irish-born figures in the history of modern South America. Born in Baltinglass, County Wicklow, in the late eighteenth-century, O’Brien emigrated to Buenos Aires in the second decade of the nineteenth century, hoping» Read more
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”» Read more
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» Read more
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» Read more
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» Read more