Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies

Articles from No. 2, Annual

A Contemporary Voice Revisits the Past: Seamus Heaney's Beowulf
Abstract. Heaney's controversial translation of Beowulf shows characteristics that make it look like an original work: in particular, the presence of Hiberno-English words and some unexpected structural features such as the use of italics, notes and...
All the World's a Stage: Brendan Gleeson
In November 2006 Brendan Gleeson became the fourth recipient of the Magner's Irish Film Festival Boston Excellence Award, honoring his contribution to Irish film and film culture. For an actor only sixteen years in the profession, his has been a remarkable...
'And Somewhere the Dove Rose': (1) Seamus Heaney Y Su Fase Aerea En la Critica Literaria
Abstract. This article concentrates on the different analyses made by critics regarding the beginning of the so-called airy phase in Seamus Heaney's oeuvre. In contrast with the generalized critical acceptance of a new airy, visionary, escapist phase,...
A Novel Is a Lengthy Question: An Interview with Frank Ronan
Frank Ronan has published a collection of short stories, Handsome Men Are Slightly Sunburnt (1996), and six novels, The Men Who Loved Evelyn Cotton (1989), A Picnic in Eden (1991), The Better Angel (1992), Dixie Chicken (1994), Lovely (1996) and Home...
At Swim, Two Boys: In Search of the Nation of Freedom
Abstract. The aim of this paper is to show how in At Swim, Two Boys, Jamie O'Neill demystifies one of the crucial moments in the history of Ireland by means of the subversive and liberating power of laughter. He points out the contradictions and absurdities...
Attack of the Killer Cows! Reading Genre and Context in Isolation (2005)
In his 1993 essay "Genericity in the Nineties: Eclectic Irony and the New Sincerity", Jim Collins sets out to map certain tendencies that he identifies in contemporary mainstream cinema. Collins draws on four generic groups previously classified by...
Between Irish National Cinema and Hollywood: Neil Jordan's Michael Collins
Abstract. When Neil Jordan's film Michael Collins was released in 1996, it was seen by some as a Hollywood epic, by others as a great national film. I would argue that Michael Collins combines these two traditions and occupies a space between Irish...
Busting the Boom: The Tiger's Tail (2006) the Pope's Children (1)
Both of these texts attempt to examine the current economic and social landscape of Ireland and present a range of constructed characters to dramatise how the country has been radically transformed from being fixated with the past and memories of poverty...
Capital Letters (2004)
Given the paucity of Irish films that deal with immigration or other aspects of minority-ethnic experience or identity, it is perhaps unsurprising that the few productions which have ventured into this territory have borne an impossibly heavy 'burden...
Challenging History: Past Reconstruction in Colum McCann's Songdogs
Abstract. The present paper analyses the way in which Colum McCann's novel Songdogs (1995) constitutes an attempt at reconstructing and reconciling oneself with the past, a theme that a number of contemporary critics perceive as characteristic of the...
'Her Place among the Nations of the Earth': Irish Votes at the UN General Assembly, 1955-2005
Abstract. Since joining the United Nations in 1955, Ireland has enjoyed a good reputation within the organization because of its commitment to multilateral diplomacy and its progressive position on human rights, self-determination and disarmament....
How the Irish Speak English: A Conversation with T. P. Dolan
Professor T. P. Dolan is a lexicographer and regular contributor to programs on Irish radio and television, who has made the term Hiberno-English widely known in Irish society. He has thus been hugely influential in making the Irish more aware of the...
Industrial In/Action: The Irish Audiovisual Sector in 2006
It has been another up and down year for the Irish audiovisual sector. In December 2006, the publication of the IBE Confederation Annual Review of the sector confirmed what was obvious to anyone working in the industry: film production activity has...
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Jose Francisco Fernandez, March 2007 It has not been a bad year with regard to books with an Irish content published in Spain or published elsewhere by Spanish scholars. The slow but steady count of monographs that invariably appear every year in...
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David Pierce, February 2007 2006 was a year for memories. If you punch into Google 'Beckett Festival' and '2006', you come up with over 500 entries. All round the globe, the world celebrated the centenary of the great Irish writer. The cover of...
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Tony Tracy, February 2007 This year's review of the year in Irish film and television is slender by comparison to 2005, reflecting a dearth of new productions, ongoing difficulties in distribution and the still unpredictable nature of the sector...
James Joyce's Home Rule Comet, Elvis Costello's Anglo-Irish Agreement
Abstract. It is a truism that Anglo-Irish relations did not progress in the eighty odd years between Joyce's Trieste lectures and articles and Elvis Costello's King of America album. If anything they regressed. As Declan Kiberd and others have noted,...
Latter-Day Mother Irelands: The Role of Women in Michael Collins and the Wind That Shakes the Barley
Abstract. Despite the experimental and subversive work of Irish feminist filmmakers such as Pat Murphy and Margo Harkin in the 1980s, as Gerardine Meaney has contended, "the image of woman as Ireland, Ireland as woman, remains powerful and pervasive...
Making the Case for Irish through English: Eco-Critical Politics of Language by Learners
Abstract. This paper examines recent accounts by Americans who have learned Irish. Their narratives from the West of Ireland express what translation theorist Michael Cronin calls "individualist politics of language". He claims that the English-speaking...
Misery, Missed Opportunities and Middletown (2006)
Ireland produces so few feature films that when the rare opportunity comes to say something over the course of two hours, directors and writers frequently try to say too much and end up showing the same repressed Ireland; conveying an overarching sense...
Music, Symbol and Negativity in Eilis Ni Dhuibhne's "The Pale Gold of Alaska"
Abstract. This article attempts to reveal a transitory point in the course of which the protagonist of Eilis Ni Dhuibhne's "The Pale Gold of Alaska" endeavours to question polar truths that position her in the 'Irish female' scheme, thus causing her...
No More Than Human by Maura Laverty: Impressions of a Reluctant Governess in Spain
Abstract. This paper represents an imagological analysis of Maura Laverty's strongly autobiographical novel No More Than Human (1944) about the experiences of a young Irish governess in Spain in the 1920s. Drawing on the theory and methodology of imagology,...
Once (2006)
It is now eleven years since John Carney came to the attention of Irish cinema audiences with his fresh and fiercely independent debut, November Afternoon (1995). It was the early years of the re-established Irish Film Board (1993); but the video stock,...
Shams and Cover-Ups: The Spectacle of History in Paul Muldoon's "Meeting the British" and "My Father and I and Billy Two Rivers"
Abstract. Paul Muldoon's poems "Meeting the British" and "My Father and I and Billy Two Rivers" represent history as a space of reversed allegiances. In these poems, doubling is a constant activity that deceives the viewer or interlocutor. This deception...
Six Shooter (Martin McDonagh, 2006)
Since the emergence of a critically engaged indigenous cinema in the mid-1970s, short films have played an important role in Irish film culture. Not only did they offer Irish filmmakers such as Joe Comerford, Bob Quinn and Cathal Black an opportunity...
TG4: 10 Years On
Birth of a Station On 31 October 2006, TG4, the Irish-language television channel, which had started life as Teilifis na Gaeilge (TnaG), celebrated 10 years on the air. For many years prior to its foundation in 1996, various groups associated with...
The Clinic (RTE)
With recent successes in Irish television drama, including The Clinic (which completed its fourth series in 2006), Bachelors Walk (2001), Pure Mule (2004) and the long running urban soap opera Fair City (1989-to date), it's safe to suggest that television...
The Quiet Man and Angela's Ashes: Hollywood Representations of Irish Emigration as Male Quest Narrative
Abstract. This paper analyses Alan Parker's Angela's Ashes (1999) against John Ford's seminal The Quiet Man (1952). Both Hollywood productions reflect on the Irish return myth, adapting the homonymous memoir by Frank McCourt (1996) and short story...
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
The top grossing Irish film in the 2006 box office was also its most controversial. Ken Loach's The Wind that Shakes the Barley won the 'Palme d'Or' at Cannes in May '06, was released in Ireland in June '06 and had become the highest grossing domestically...
Transgressing Boundaries: Belfast and the 'Romance-across-the-Divide'
Abstract. One of the most popular sub-genres of Northern Irish Troubles fiction is the so called 'Romance-across-the-divide', a narrative in which two characters from different religious, cultural and social backgrounds struggle to overcome the region's...
Voice and Vision in the Poetry of Eavan Boland
Abstract. Boland's poetry seeks to reconcile political and personal, the moment and duration, self-knowledge--seen as an exteriorisation of the self--and narration. It is therefore fundamentally concerned with aesthetics, especially in visual art,...
William Trevor's Felicia's Journey: Inherited Dissent or Fresh Departure from Tradition?
Abstract. The purpose of this essay is to refute the fairly usual critical pronouncement that William Trevor's view of Ireland as reflected in his Irish fictions is static, ahistorical and outdated. While acknowledging that at first glance this may...
'Without Contraries There Is No Progression': The Paradoxical Heterogeneity of Identity in Sinead O'Connor's Poetic Expression
Abstract. As a pop culture icon, the Irish musician Sinead O'Connor has been exposed to harsh criticism, which, unfortunately, centres specifically on the superficial stratum of her artistic work. The shocking events which mark her career have diverted...
Women in the Twilight and Identity in the Making: The Concept of Transition in Eavan Boland's Poetry
Abstract. Eavan Boland's poetry often includes images denoting transition. The women that appear in her poems frequently undergo experiences of change and evolution. The transitional element which so often pervades Boland's poetry is rooted in her...