Publication: Critiquing Crisis and Commemoration

Special edition of Irish Studies Review ‘Critiquing Crisis and Commemoration’

Guest Editors: Eóin Flannery and Eugene O’Brien. Volume 30, Issue 4 of Irish Studies Review .

One of the core aims of this special issue is to offer questions and critiques to notions of commemoration, and in this respect, the collation of interventions is setting up a type of counter-commemorative epistemology, one which looks at how difficult and problematic it is to access the past, and to probe the ethical issues connected with this act – another skein in that main thread of which we have been speaking. It will offer a critique that can intervene in the commemoration-crisis repetition compulsion, and will do so as a way of using critique to help us to understand and perhaps contextualise the commemorative process. Some forms of commemoration have inbuilt such a counter-commemorative aspect into their own performance.

Introduction: Critiquing crisis and commemoration

Eóin Flannery & Eugene O’Brien

The active lives of the material culture of commemoration: a Chinese braid and the Irish Citizen Army flag

Elizabeth Crooke

Rereading the Rising: towards an understanding of the influence of “Easter 1916” on contemporary Ireland

Eugene O’Brien

Memory and counter-memory in contemporary Irish historical fictions: Lia Mills’ Fallen (2015), Mary Morrissy’s The Rising of Bella Casey (2016) and Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars (2020)

Anne Fogarty

Re-staging the 1916 Rising: Eugene McCabe’s Pull Down a Horseman (1966)

Eóin Flannery

Drama out of a crisis: James Connolly’s Under Which Flag (1916) and Teresa Deevy’s The Wild Goose (1936)

Kirsty Lusk & Willy Maley

Is ní cheilim, deirim, déarfad: the O’Donovan Rossa funeral, Pearse’s graveside oration and the Irish language context

Róisín Ní Ghairbhí