Academic journal article Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies

Irish Film and Media Studies Publications: The Year in Review-2016

Academic journal article Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies

Irish Film and Media Studies Publications: The Year in Review-2016

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Introduction: 2016--The Year in Irish Film and Media Publications

Ruth Barton

It has been a sparse year for publications on Irish film and media, a phenomenon that is hard to reconcile with the prolific output of those industries. Of course, there is a time lag between the appearance of a film or TV show and its academic treatment, yet it is hard to see why so little is coming through from publishers. One possible explanation is that the 1916 commemorations superseded all other events. Certainly, publishers were falling over each other in the past year to keep up with readers' interest in public and private accounts of the Rebellion. Irish cinema, an arriviste art form with little history, may have slid down the priority list. My feeling also is that the shocking underfunding of the Irish Third Level system, and particularly graduate study, are now being felt in the low tally of recently completed PhDs in Irish film. With that comes a lack of the crucial new scholarship needed to keep the discipline thriving. My other concern is that international publishers are not hugely interested in what is, realistically, a minor subject. …

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