Book Launch – Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic

Cork University Press invites you to the launch of Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic by Derek Gladwin of the University of British Columbia on Friday September 23rd at 6 pm in the staff common room in UCC.

The launch is part of the one-day workshop on Landscape, Environment & Heritage in Irish Studies organized by Anna Pilz.

Contentious Terrains provides a political and geographical history of how boglands (or peat ‘bogs’) are represented in modern and contemporary Irish literature and culture from the 1880s to the present. Bogs are more than ubiquitous landforms in Ireland. They function as a kind of narrative that reveals some of the potentially unanswered questions in an Irish literary geo-history, particularly leading up to and during the Land Wars of the 1880s, Irish War of Independence (1919-1921), ‘Troubles’ (1960s and 1970s), Celtic Tiger (1990s and 2000s), and into the current environmental crisis.

Contentious Terrains will be available at a special launch price.

Derek Gladwin is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work primarily focuses on environmental and social sustainability of landscape, space, and place in modern and contemporary literary and visual cultures in Ireland, the UK, and the North Atlantic.