PUBLICATION: RISE 7.1 Remapping Irish Literary and Cultural Landscapes in the Mid-Twentieth Century 

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This themed issue of RISE seeks to remap the Irish literary and cultural landscapes in the middle decades of the twentieth century. It defines this period as from the 1930s to the 1970s — roughly coinciding with the conservative years of ‘de Valera’s Ireland’, starting from the ratification of Bunreacht na hÉireann in 1937 supervised by de Valera through Seán Lemass’ programmes of economic expansion which led to Ireland’s European Economic Community membership in 1973. It understands literary and cultural landscapes in the broadest terms: horizontally as a geographic space with borders real and imagined; vertically as a space where high and low cultures clash and commingle. This issue includes six essays by contributors based across the globe. They show us the various forms of border-crossing — geographic, linguistic, generic — that contribute to a fuller map of Irish literature and culture in the mid-twentieth century.


The online launch for RISE 7.1 will take place on 16 May at 7pm CET. A full programme and registration info can be found here. The editors and four of the contributors of the issue will be present.


Introduction- Editors Yen-Chi Wu, Phyllis Boumans

Katherine M. Huber Aural Interruptions: The Politics of Sound in Teresa Deevy’s Radio Plays

Loic Wright Reimagining Subversive Masculinities in J.P. Donleavy’s The Ginger Manand John Broderick’s The Pilgrimage

Will Fleming The Celtic Strobe Light: Thomas Kinsella, Trevor Joyce and the Translation of Nationalist Residues in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Niall Ó Cuileagáin ‘A Joycean Smutmonger’: Echoes of Joyce in Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Rural Modernism

Moonyoung Hong Women Playwrights at the Crossroads: A Comparative Study of Ireland and Korea in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Keelan Harkin ‘Kilmalough won’t know itself’: William Trevor’s ‘The Ballroom of Romance’ as Cold War Fiction

Review Section

Review of Yeats Revisited: The Continuing Legacy, by David Pierce – Jessica Bundschuh

Review of Advertising and Consumer Culture in Ireland, 1922-1962: Buy Irish, by Stephanie Rains – Brandi S. Goddard

Review of Unaccompanied Traveller. The Writings of Kathleen M. Murphy, by Patrick Bixby (ed.) – Brian Haman

Review of Spiritual Wounds: Trauma, Testimony and the Irish Civil War, by Síobhra Aiken – Fergal Lenehan

Review of Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party and the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1975-1990, by Stephen Kelly – Dónall Mac Cathmhaoill

Review of A Dublin Magdalene Laundry: Donnybrook and Church-State Power in Ireland, by Mark Coen, Katherine O’Donnell and Maeve O’Rourke (eds.) – Niamh Meaney