Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies

Articles from No. 10, Annual

Administrative Expedience and the Avoidance of Scandal: Ireland's Industrial and Reformatory Schools and the Inter-Departmental Committee of 1962-3
The public understanding of the care of children in institutions funded and regulated by the Government in the Republic of Ireland (Ireland) has profoundly altered over the last two decades. This change of perception has occurred as a result of the...
An Bronntanas [the Gift] (Tom Collins 2014)
Tom Collins has been an active force in Irish film-making for decades, having been involved in founding the Derry Film and Video Collective in 1984, and working as camera operator on the controversial documentary Mother Ireland (Harkin 1986). He has...
A Poetics of Mental Illness: Patrick's Day (Terry McMahon 2014)
To immerse oneself in the world of Terry McMahon's Patrick's Day is to be challenged by a film written and directed according to the rules of the central treatise on the construction of narrative: Aristotle's Poetics. But McMahon's fidelity to the...
A Woman Alone: The Depictions of Spinsters in Irish Women's Short Stories
Introduction This paper focuses on a group of female characters who have never been married and whose role within Irish society is, therefore, not defined by marriage or child rearing. In this paper we draw on the perspectives of Irish female writers...
Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf
Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf by Sean Duffy Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. 2013 ISBN: 978 07171 6207 9 xvi + 349 pages. 14.99 [euro]. Paperback Brian Boraime (anglicized as Boru) is one of the most intriguing figures from Irish...
Calvary (John Michael McDonagh 2014)
In this ambitious attempt at something between a Bergman-esque mystery play and a nihilist Western, McDonagh steers his course through a vastly more complex moral path than did his international hit The Guard (2011). While superficially it takes the...
Canta Irlanda. Un Viaje Por la Isla Esmeralda
Canta Irlanda. Un viaje por la isla esmeralda Javier Reverte Barcelona: Plaza y Janes 2014 376 paginas Un relato de viajes es siempre la expresion del alma del viajero, la cronica de unas vivencias personales, fruto de un ejercicio de curiosidad...
Catalan Production of Translations
Catalan Production of Translations by Brian Friel Directed by Ferran Utzet Translated by Joan Sellent Produced by La Perla29 National Theatre of Catalonia, Barcelona, January 29th-March 12th 2014 As announced in last year's section of...
Constructing Perceptions of Sexual Orientation: A Corpus-Based Critical Discourse Analysis of Transitivity in the Irish Press
1. Introduction The State of Ireland becomes a reality after centuries of oppression, when very restrictive legislation, such as the Penal Laws, was enforced on religious grounds. This was followed by several rebellion attempts, the Easter Rising...
Dubliners 100. 15 New Stories Inspired by the Original Dubliners
Dubliners 100. 15 New Stories Inspired by the Original Dubliners Edited by Thomas Morris Dublin: Tramp Press, 2014 ISBN: 978 099 2817 015 215 pages. 15 [euro]. Paperback The introduction to this volume mainly focuses on the life and...
Eavan Boland
Eavan Boland by Jody Allen Randolph Cork: Cork University Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-78205-084-1 246 pages. 49.00 [euro]. Hardback For readers and scholars dedicated to contemporary Irish women writers, Eavan Boland has been a foundational...
Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce
Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce by Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin (eds.) Cork: Cork University Press, 2014 ISBN: ISBN: 9781782050728 296 pages. 39 [euro]. Hardback The impetus for an ecocritical study of James...
El Universo Femenino En la Prosa Temprana De Samuel Beckett: Hacia la Autonomia Y la Mundializacion De la Literatura
Samuel Beckett es un autor sobre el que se han escrito una infinidad de textos tanto de analisis de su produccion como de su persona. El hecho de que los criticos y especialistas se hayan dedicado tanto a su faceta literaria como biografica reside...
Erase Una Vez Ballybeg. la Obra Dramatica De Brian Friel Y Su Repercusion En Espana
Erase una vez Ballybeg. La obra dramatica de Brian Friel y su repercusion en Espana Maria Gavina Costero Saarbrucken: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2011 ISBN: 978-3-8465-6310-6 507 pages Erase una vez Ballybeg. La obra dramatica de...
Every Plot Has a Story. One Million Dubliners (Aoife Kelleher 2014)
The success story that was One Million Dubliners raises a number of interesting issues around the appeal of indigenous productions to Irish viewers. As elsewhere, documentary has enjoyed a considerable revival in Ireland, now regularly claiming a place...
Flann O'Brien's Creative Loophole
Introduction When Flann O'Brien's first novel At Swim-Two-Birds was published on 13th March 1939, it was immediately hailed as a work of genius. Admired by a long list of eminent personalities, among whom James Joyce topped the list for decades,...
Frank (Lenny Abrahamson 2014)
"Someone is thinking in the key of C!" A wannabe musician comes into contact with an inspirational artist who wears an oversized fake head that he never removes. There's some factual truth in that part of it. Journalist Jon Ronson, co-writer of...
Frog Music
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue London: Picador, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-4472-4974001 403 pages. 16 [euro]. Paperback Throughout her prolific and multifaceted career as a writer that has traversed literary genres and nationhoods, Irish-Canadian...
Hegemonic Shifts: The Latest from the Walls of Northern Ireland
Introduction In a searchable online archive that covers the development of the murals of Northern Ireland from 1979-the present (featuring some 3000 images, with a further 9000 to be catalogued), I have attempted to register a remarkable, durable,...
Horslips: Tall Tales, the Official Biography
Horslips: Tall Tales, The Official Biography by Mark Cunningham Dublin: O'Brien Press, 2013 ISBN 978-1847175861 288 pages. 24.99 [pounds sterling]. Hardcover At last, musicians played traditional tunes in a lively, innovative way that...
Introduction
Ireland has been on the papers worldwide this last week. Accidentally, the Court of Appeal legalised certain drugs and, for a day or so, until the wrongdoing was righted, everybody could get high with the government's approval. Wish something similar...
Irish Film and Media Studies Publication. Introduction
Welcome to the new "Irish Film and Media Studies Publications" section of Estudios Irlandeses! This section has been inaugurated as a response to the proliferation of new publications in this area. As you will see, certain of the books are dedicated...
Irish Film Finance Rebooted: The New Section 481
Introduction 2014 saw the winding down of one of the most popular tax write-offs for Irish individuals, as the Section 481 state film subsidy transitioned from an investor-led to a so-called producer-led structure, following a review of the scheme...
'It's a Man in a F***ing Dress'-Why 11 Million People Cannot Get Enough of Mrs Brown's Boys
It's a big, silly, thick show--part pantomime, part It's-a-Knockout, part 1980's sitcom Bread, part CBeebies. It's the show that the BBC have been dying to commission for years, but couldn't find anyone from their usual flock of writers who'd turn...
La Voz Inconformista De Patrick Kavanagh
altivo, gerifalte Poeta, ayudame: a luz mas cierta, subeme: la patria no es la tierra, el hombre no es el arbol: ayudame a vivir sin suelo y sin raices: movil, movil: sin otro alimento y sustancia que tu rica palabra: palabra sin historia, orden verbal...
Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture
Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture. By Tony Tracy and Conn Holohan (eds.) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 Masculinity Studies has certainly experienced a dramatic flourishing in Irish Studies in recent years, with a number of monographs...
Medbh McGuckian
Medbh McGuckian by Borbala Farago Cork: Cork University Press/Maryland: Bucknell U.P., 2014 ISBN: 9781782050889 246 pages. 49.00 [euro]. Hardback In the poem "On Ballycastle Beach", Medbh McGuckian invites the readers to a moment of...
Modernity, Community and Place in Brian Friel's Drama
Modernity, Community and place in Brian Friel's Drama by Richard Rankin Russell Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2014. ISBN : 978-0-8156-3331-0 318 pages. $39.95. Hardback Richard Rankin Russell's volume joins a distinguished and...
"Other People's Diasporas": Negotiating Race in Contemporary Irish and Irish American Culture
"Other People's Diasporas": Negotiating Race in Contemporary Irish and Irish American Culture by Sinead Moynihan Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2013. 242 pp. ISBN 978-0-8156-3310-5 This study of literary and cultural representations...
Out of Here and What Richard Did: Listlessness & Inarticulacy in the Young Irish Population
In recent years, Ireland has seen a major shift in confidence and self-value as the growth generated by the Celtic Tiger collapsed in the wake of the financial crisis. Recent Irish cinema has responded to this through the prism of young Irish people's...
Pagan to the Core
Pagan to the Core by Maighread Medbh Dublin: Arlen House, 2014 ISBN 978-1-85132-088-2 108 pages. 15 [euro]. Paperback Pagan to the Core is Maighread Medbh's sixth collection of poetry, although she has also written long and short fiction...
Quirke (TV Mini Series 2014)
Quirke is the indirect offspring of two recent developments in television crime drama. In one respect it appears pitched at the audience that embraced the rise of Scandinavian crime drama; Nordic noir like Wallander (2005-2013), Bron/The Bridge (2011-),...
Reflections on Irish Writing in 2014
The context for the literary scene in Ireland in 2014 has been as follows: the recession still continues with the focus in the past few years on the introduction of two new taxes, that on property and especially that on water supply. It could seem...
Revista Canaria De Estudios Ingleses
Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 68 (2014). Special Issue "Other Irelands: Revisited, Reinvented, Rewritten" Juan Ignacio Oliva, guest editor. La Laguna: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de La Laguna. ISSN: 0211-5913 The many changes...
Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen
Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen By Ruth Barton Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2014. ISBN 978-0-8131-4709-3 (Ebook also available) Hardback, 320pp. 74 b/w photos Picking through the paper and visual...
Telling the Truth about Women's Lives
Tell us, they say, about women and abortion in Ireland. OI'm not sure that I can any more, or at least not in any straightforward way. There are several reasons for this, personal as much as political. I'm not sure which is the most complicated,...
The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed Race Identities on Irish Film and Television
The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed Race Identities on Irish Film and Television By Zelie Asava Oxford, Bem etc.: Peter Lang, 2013 ISBN 978-3-0343-0839-7 (Ebook also available) Softcover, 203pp. In this ambitiously...
The Great War and All That in A Hundred Doors by Michael Longley
Who can bring peace to people who are not civilised? All of these people, alive or dead, are civilised. (Michael Longley, The Weather in Japan) In an interview granted in 2011, on the occasion of the publication of A Hundred Doors, Michael Longley...
The Howth Gun-Running and the Kilcoole Gun-Running. Recollections & Documents
The Howth Gun-Running and the Kilcoole Gun-Running. Recollections & Documents Edited by F.X. Martin. Foreword by Eamon de Valera (1964) New Introduction by Ruan O'Donnell & Micheal O hAodha. New Foreword by Eamon O Cuiv (2014) Dublin:...
The Irreducible Difference of the Other (Vivienne Dick 2013)
Vivienne Dick's 2013 film The Irreducible Difference of the Other is a feminist work that critiques and destabilises the dominant (male) paradigm. Its weaving together of disparate sounds and images posits our interrelatedness as humans and challenges...
"The Way the Irish Asylum System Turns People into Un-Human Is My Problem": An Interview with Ifedinma Dimbo
Sara Martin-Ruiz: First of all, I wanted to ask you about your choice of using English for your writing. I am aware that, due to its colonization by Britain, English was imposed in Nigeria and nowadays it is widely used in your country of origin. However,...
The Woman Who Married Clark Gable
The Woman Who Married Clark Gable Lance Pettitt and Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos (eds.) Sao Paulo: Humanitas, 2013 ISBN: 978-8577322251 Thaddeus O 'Sullivan: The Early Films, 1974-1985. 2 DVD set Irish Film Institute and St. Mary's University...
The Year in Review 2014
I'm not a big fan of Irish movies, I don't find them to be technically that accomplished and I don't find them that intelligent. So I'm trying to get away from the description of the movie as an Irish film in a way. John Michael McDonagh, 2014 ...
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