Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies

Articles from No. 0, Annual

A Reading from the Book of Beginnings or the End of the Line
FIRST BEGINNING Does the postmodern age signal the end of the 'grand narratives'? (So they ask me, and others like and unlike me.) Riddle How to answer a statement masquerading as a question? Question the statement What comes after the question?...
'Belonging without Belonging': Colm Toibin's Dialogue with the Past
Abstract: Toibin is not the archetypal 'revisionist' intellectual that some have made him into, but rather a sort of in-between, making a virtue of his own ambivalences towards notions of tradition, community and nationhood. In this essay some of these...
Couplings: Agon and Composition in Paul Muldoon's Ekphrastic Poetry
Abstract: In the course of more than thirty years of prolific writing, Paul Muldoon has earned a reputation for surprising his readers again and again. To a significant extent, this continued ability to "make it new" is closely linked to Muldoon's...
Engendering Change in the UDA: Gary Mitchell's Loyal Women
Abstract: Gary Mitchell's most recently published play, Loyal Women, continues his systematic exploration of the Ulster loyalist mindset, focusing this time on the role of women within the UDA. Whereas on the face of it, the play moves forward through...
How to Disguise Fairy Tales in 21st Century Ireland: A Feminist Analysis of Marian Keyes' and Cathy Kelly's Blockbusters
Abstract: Ireland has suffered many extraordinary changes during the last decades that have made the Emerald Isle a geographical point upon which all eyes are fixed. Despite this metamorphosis, the question is if its population and cultural heritage...
Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Irish Cervantine (1)
Abstract: To commemorate the fourth centenary of the publication of the first part of the Spanish masterpiece of all times Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, this article approaches in an introductory manner some of the literary productions which...
Northern Ireland in Transition: The Role of Justice
Abstract: All post-conflict societies switching to constitutional liberal democracies have to deal with their past through transitional justice mechanisms that offer to hear the victims, try the perpetrators of all types of abuses, introduce peace...
'Old Ireland and Himself': William Orpen and the Conflicts of Irish Identity
Abstract: The Irish painter William Orpen (1878-1931), defined here as Ireland's most 'Spanish' painter, was out of fashion for fifty years after his death; but he has recently been dramatically revalued, with his works fetching huge prices in salerooms...
On Becoming European: An Economist's Education
Abstract: Economics is an international discipline, but economists tend to be local thinkers. We describe how research on the Irish economy eventually led to a series of engagements with Europe, and eventually became transformed by a European dimension....
Revisionisms and the Story of Ireland: From Sean O'Faolain to Roy Foster
Abstract: The telling of the story of Ireland, the received nationalist tale replete with heroes, villains and a host of stock elements, has a long history and has exercised a particularly important influence on the development of Irish identity. Yet,...
Several Landscapes: Bowen and the Terrain of North Cork
Abstract: The subject of this essay is the Irish writings of the novelist Elizabeth Bowen. This essay discusses the disjunction between Elizabeth Bowen's critical writings on her family history and her fictive representations of the landscape of North...
'The Famine of the 90s': (1) Female Starvation and Religious Thought in Leanne O'Sullivan's "Waiting for My Clothes"
Abstract: This paper offers a critical analysis of Leanne O'Sullivan's debut collection Waiting for My Clothes, in particular focusing on its recurrent themes of anorexia and bulimia. Leanne O'Sullivan is part of a new generation of Irish poets, located...
The Irish Theme in the Writings of Bill Naughton
Abstract: The student interested in cultural assimilation, hybridity, and naturalization, in masculinity, authorship, and identity, in what happened to the Irish in Britain in the twentieth century, will turn at some point to the Mayo-born, Lancashire...
Tragic Heroines and Wise Women in the Novels of Somerville and Ross
Abstract: The novels of Somerville and Ross depict, behind their wit and social satire, a darker tragic vision in which class and gender overdetermine the outcomes often awaiting female characters. Even the heroines of relatively privileged background...
'... What's Far Worse, It'll Have Two Mothers': Rhetoric and Reproduction in Sean O'Casey's Dublin Quartet
Abstract: This article argues that the rejection of Sean O'Casey's The Silver Tassie by Yeats has had consequences for how we think about O'Casey's drama in general because The Tassie is now regarded as a break in O'Casey's development. In the first...
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