Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies

Articles from No. 1, Annual

Accepting the Grotesque Body: Bildungs by Clare Boylan and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne
Abstract: In Clare Boylan's fantasy novel Black Baby (1988) and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne's realistic novel The Dancers Dancing (1999), female protagonists fear those who symbolize the grotesqueness of their own overweight bodies; hence, these heroines reject...
Adam and Paul
Taking their cue from comments made by director Lenny Abrahamson, many reviewers of Adam and Paul (2004) compared elements of the film's style and content with the Laurel and Hardy series and Beckett's Waiting for Godot. In terms of characterisation...
Adaptations: Tara Road and Breakfast on Pluto
...and God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That's flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character. (Robert McKee character in Adaptation,...
An Essential Picture in a Sketch-Book of Ireland: The Last Hedge Schools
Abstract: The national system of education was introduced in Ireland in 1831, which meant the beginning of the end for hedge schools. Nevertheless, they lasted longer than it is popularly believed and up to the 1870s there were still many parents willing...
Antoine O Flatharta's Elviad: From Grasta I Meiricea to Grace in America
Abstract. Antoine O Flatharta bilingually charts media-saturated global impacts upon Galway's Gaelic-speakers. His play in Irish, Grasta i Meiricea (1990) features two young Irishmen who journey by bus on a pilgrimage to Elvis' Graceland. In its 1993...
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: James Joyce, the Myth of Icarus, and the Influence of Christopher Marlowe
Abstract: Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1914) concludes at the point when Stephen Dedalus--a character substantially modelled on Joyce himself--is about to leave the Ireland of his childhood and young-adult years. Presented as a...
Boy Eats Girl
Spending just under an hour and a half watching Ireland's California-ised youth eat itself is a pleasure. In Boy Eats Girl, directed by Stephen Bradley for Element Films, a clatter of Dublin secondary school kids, their cultural touchstones firmly...
Documentary Film and Television
The year 2005 was a significant one for Irish documentary, marking the release of one of the most important non-fiction films ever seen on the island. Unfortunately, it was actually made in 1968. The re-release of Peter Lennon's Rocky Road to Dublin...
Fabulism and Irish Censorship
Abstract: The aim of the article is to analyse the effects of the introduction of Censorship legislation on Irish culture. The analysis focuses on the reasons behind the introduction of the Censorship of Publications Act of 1929 and previous cases...
Fair City
There was a sense of a yawning gap in the picture of Irish society emerging from RTE drama ever since the demise of Tolka Row (1964-1968). For the next two decades, there was talk of the need for a new urban serial. When RTE announced Fair City in...
Intertextual Re-Creation in Jamie O'Neill's "At Swim, Two Boys"
Abstract: As the title of the book indicates, Jamie O'Neill's At Swim, Two Boys, published in 2001, refers back to Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds (1939). Through the use of such a parodic title, O'Neill places himself within a postmodern literary...
Introduction
December 2005 On being invited to contribute to Estudios Irlandeses with a reflection on film and television output in the year gone past, I felt that, rather than authoring a single overview, it would be useful to invite colleagues in Ireland to...
Introduction
31 January 2006 For Issue 1 of Estudios Irlandeses we have kept the number of reviews limited to a half-dozen. In future issues we hope to expand this number and provide more substantial space in keeping with the ambitions of an internet journal...
Irish Film 2005: An Industry in Crises?
"Ireland has a lot to offer incoming film producers, quite apart from our tax incentives. Our locations are excellent. Our country is safe and welcoming to visitors. We speak English ... We have quite low levels of bureaucracy, and...
Irish Studies in Spain-2005
Introduction Metaforas de su tierra by Maria Amor Barros del Rio Joyceana: Literaria Hibernica by M.E. Jaime de Pablos & J. M. Estevez Saa (eds.) Las poeticas de James Joyce y Luis Martin-Santos by Marisol Morales Ladron La novela irlandesa...
Man about Dog
Man About Dog (2004) is an Irish comedy-caper-road-movie about three Northern wide-boys who mange to get their hands on a prizewinning greyhound. They travel from North to South in pursuit of their fortune chased by a big-shot greyhound breeder and...
Masculinity in Contemporary Irish Cinema
In the mid- to late-1990s, Irish Cinema underwent a radical shift, which entailed, among other significant features, a thematic trajectory from the rural to the urban, from the historical to the contemporary and from the local to the universal (McLoone...
Mickybo and Me and the Mighty Celt
Although Mickybo and Me (2005) and The Mighty Celt (2005) initially appear to have much in common by representing both images of the conflict in Northern Ireland and concepts of childhood, the films differ enormously in their treatment of such issues....
Pavee Lackeen
It has become almost a truism among Irish film-makers and scholars that foreign filmmakers have been responsible for some of the more questionable representations of Ireland, creating, according to the authors of the seminal study on Irish cinema,...
Pure Mule
In any year 'Pure Mule' would be a significant achievement. That it received 8 IFTA nominations in 2005--winning 5--speaks for itself about its place in the televisual landscape of the past 12 months. RTE, through its Independent Production Unit (IPU)--as...
Talking with William Trevor: 'It All Comes Naturally Now'
Fourteen novels, eleven collections of short stories, several novellas, plays and books of memoirs, together with numerous prizes and awards, speak for a life devoted to the craft of fiction. But Mr Trevor is a professional writer who likes to keep...
'Talk Talk Talk ... ': Virginia Woolf, Ireland and Maria Edgeworth
Abstract: This article considers Woolf's only visit to Ireland and her attitude to the country as revealed in her diary and in a review of a book about Maria Edgeworth. She considered the fault of the Irish to be their loquaciousness. Her diary reveals...
The Times and the Northern Ireland Conflict
Abstract: In societies in conflict the role of the media is supposed to be neutral and to report conflicts fairly and with balanced analyses. By their public debates on conflicts they are also supposed to take part in pacifying societies and in helping...
The Trouble with Sex
Shot in twenty-eight days, Fintan Connolly's The Trouble with Sex (2005) is a brash attempt at dealing with the formerly taboo subject of sex as a central subject in contemporary Irish cinema. Paradoxically however, more results in less. As was the...
"Those Five Glenties Women": Echoes of Lorca in Dancing at Lughnasa
Abstract: This essay will attempt to show the numerous points that Lorca's La casa de Bernarda Alba and Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa have in common. Both plays create an intense rural atmosphere in their respective countries -Ireland and Spain- with...
Tradition and the (Re)writing of Poetry in Roman Script by Derek Mahon
Abstract: This paper aims at showing in what way artistic and historical traditions constitute for Derek Mahon a fundamental element of poetic writing, which is perhaps only a form of rewriting. Our purpose will follow three main lines: first the matter...
Troubling" Thrillers: Between Politics and Popular Fiction in the Novels of Benedict Kiely, Brian Moore and Colin Bateman (1)
Abstract: Since the beginning of the Northern Ireland "Troubles", interest in exploring the social and political concerns of a region affected by sectarian violence and religious bigotry has produced a significant body of literary works within which...