Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies

Articles from No. 11, Annual

A "Distant Music": Invoking Phantasmagoria in Joyce's "The Dead"
1. Summoning Deadness and its Spectrality: The Story's Foundations Epitomizing notions of paralysis, exile or return to the origin, James Joyce's "The Dead" frames an unstable rendition of identities which transcends any categorization based on...
A Life of Their Own: Women's Mid-Life Quest in Contemporary Irish Women's Short Stories
Introduction: The Lonely Other Voice There have been some notable, if gradual, changes in many aspects of Irish women's role and life in general since "the other voice" emerged in Irish society in the post-Eamon De Valera period from the 1960s....
A Map of Things Known and Lost in Anne Enright's the Green Road
There is an ongoing debate among critics of contemporary Irish literature that divides those specialists who consider that Irish writers are too intent on revisiting the past history of the island, from the, comparatively speaking, scarce number of...
A Portrait of the Rebel as an Artist: Deconstructing Post-Coloniality in Francis Stuart's Black List, Section H
Among Subjective men (in all those, that is, who must spin a web out of their bowel) the victory is an intellectual daily recreation of all that exterior fate snatches away; while what I have called 'the mask' is an emotional antithesis to all that...
A Revision of the Family in Irish Film: Glassland (Gerard Barrett 2015)
Having garnered critical praise and a number of awards for his first feature, Gerard Barrett follows Pilgrim Hill (reviewed in Estudios Irlandeses No. 9) (1) with Glassland. While the earlier film focused on a lonely dairy farmer who cares for his...
Beatlebone
Beatlebone Kevin Barry Edinburgh and London: Canongate, 2015 ISBN 978-1782116134 299 pp. 12.99 [pounds sterling]. Hardcover In 1967, John Lennon bought the island of Dorinish in Clew Bay, off the coast of County Mayo. Although he and...
Bram Stoker's Proposal for the Development of a Small Nation
Bram Stoker's concern with the supernatural is well known, and his Dracula (1897) and its eponymous character have been studied for decades. As a by-product, this interest in his most famous novel has sometimes led to an interest in another novel featuring...
Brooklyn (John Crowley 2015)
In her 2004 Irish National Cinema Ruth Barton codified the notion of the Irish Heritage film, referring to a cycle of 1990s Irish productions which she described as characterised by "a nostalgic, Edenic view of Ireland". Though these films were primarily...
Converting to Things Foreknown: Heaney's Marvelous Imagination in "Station Island"
Seamus Heaney says in his "The Murmur of Malvern", a review of Derek Walcott's The Star-Apple Kingdom (1979) that "The best poems in The Star-Apple Kingdom are dream-visions; the high moments are hallucinatory, cathartic, redemptive even" (Heaney 1990:...
Cumann Na mBan & Women in Irish Republican Paramilitary Organisations, 1969-1986
1. Introduction The year 2014 marked the centenary of the founding Cumann na mBan, the Irish Republican women's organisation. On April 5, 1914, over 100 women attended a meeting of what was to become Cumann na mBan in Wynn's Hotel, Dublin, presided...
Dante's Legacy: Kinship between Languages in Seamus Heaney's Poetics
Seamus Heaney's early poetry evoked Irish pastoral landscapes and traditions. After the eruption of the Troubles in 1969, his verse began to be pervaded by the complex situation in Northern Ireland. This change, together with the poet's increasing...
"Dublin Traitors" or "Gallants of Dublin" the Argentine Newspapers and the Easter Rising
"Sir Roger Casement Captured off Irish Coast". This was the main headline of the front page of Buenos Aires Herald on 25 April. The first article on that page gave detailed information about the arrest of "the arch-traitor" and, at the end, a subtitle...
Interculturalism in Sam Najjair's Account of the Battle for Tripoli: Soldier for a Summer
We, here in our internment camp, greet the 1st September revolution and its leader, Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qhadafi. The voice of this leader reaches us despite the solitary confinement cells and the prison guards. [...] Long live the Arab-Irish struggle....
Introduction
In October 2015 the Irish fashion retailer chain Primark opened its second world-wide biggest premises in Madrid. Low-cost fashion, low-cost travel, low-cost food ... low-cost life? What about quality? Fortunately, Irish-Spanish relationships cannot...
Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts Barry Monahan (Ed.)
Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts Barry Monahan (ed.) London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. ISBN 978-1-137-49635-5. Hb 216 pp. Reviewer: Lance Pettitt This volume of essays, based on a conference held in University College Cork, makes...
Irish Film and Media Studies Publication. Introduction
Another year, another four substantial contributions to scholarship on Irish cinema. As Lance Pettit notes in his review of Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts, it has also been a time of official retirements, notably those of Martin McLoone and...
Irish Literature and the First World War. Culture, Identity and Memory
Irish Literature and the First World War. Culture, Identity and Memory Terry Phillips Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015 ISBN 9783034319690 292pp. 55.60 [pounds sterling]. Paperback In any place, at any time, remembering war is a capricious exercise....
I Used to Live Here (Frank Berry 2015)
Frank Berry is an emerging Irish-film maker who received widespread praise for his preceding, debut film, the feature-length documentary Ballymun Lullaby (2011) (reviewed in Estudios Irlandeses 7). (1) Building on several years of community film-making...
Leaning "Well beyond the Plumb" of His Native Language: Heaney's Tone and the International Style
In the last decades of his life Seamus Heaney occupied the position of "world poet" and outsold--or so it was widely held--all other poets writing in English. Such popularity, accessibility--such transferability--would suggest, among other things,...
Making Time in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. Art, History, and Empire Maria Pramaggiore
Making Time in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. Art, History, and Empire Maria Pramaggiore New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015 ISBN: 978-1441198075 I consider Stanley Kubrick one of the major auteurs of the twentieth century because...
Mioruilt an Pharoiste: Aisti Ar Fhiliocht Mhaire Mhac an tSaoi
Mioruilt an Pharoiste: Aisti ar fhiliocht Mhaire Mhac an tSaoi Louis de Paor (ed.) Connemara: Clo Iar-Chonnacht (CIC), 2014 ISBN: 978-1-78444-103-6 246 pages. 12 [euro]. Paperback Maire Mhac an tSaoi is Ireland's greatest living Irish-language...
My Bonnie (Hannah Quinn 2015)
My Bonnie is the directorial debut of Hannah Quinn, a member of the talented Quinn family which includes her film-making father Bob and brother Robert, and who has worked for over 20 years as an assistant director on numerous film productions. The...
Performance of Myth: The Legend of Longwood (Lisa Mulcahy 2014)
The Legend of Longwood, situated in the realm of family adventure film, is one of a number of recent Irish films, including Pursuit (2015) and Song of the Sea (2014) to feature the use of myth prominently. The film follows twelve year old Mickey Miller,...
Power, Gender and the Nation: Negotiations of Belonging in Evelyn Conlon's Short Story "Park-Going Days"
Introduction During the decades following the Civil War, the Government of Ireland devoted itself to reconstructing a nation that had been a colony for several centuries. Aided by a protectionist national policy, the State cultivated its own rigid...
Queen of Ireland (Conor Horgan 2015)
Like Panti herself, a self-declared 'accidental activist', Conor Horgan's The Queen of Ireland was partly shaped by the serendipitous coalescence of certain events. When Horgan began filming in 2010, he could not have foreseen Rory O'Neill's legal...
Rebellion (Colin Teevan / RTE 2016)
2016 marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a pivotal moment in Ireland's revolutionary period, and the event from which the modern Irish state traces its inception. Rebellion is RTE's dramatic centrepiece to mark the halfway point in what...
Reflections on Irish Writing in 2015
Irish Studies has continued to flourish in 2015 through to 2016, a time when the economic recession in Ireland has abated slightly, while in common with the preceding years cultural productions have remained indomitable and true. "Yeats 150" celebrated...
Relatos Y Textos Para Nada De Samuel Beckett Traduccion E Introduccion De Jose Francisco Fernandez
Relatos y textos para nada de Samuel Beckett Traduccion e introduccion de Jose Francisco Fernandez Valencia: JPM Ediciones, 2015, 135 pp. ISBN: 978-84-15499-31-2 Stories and Texts for Nothing (1967) has its origin in an exceptional moment...
Representing the Irish in Russell Banks's Cloudsplitter. Swift's American Resonances?
Introducing Cloudsplitter, the novel Race is at the centre of Cloudsplitter, Russell Banks's award winning grand scale novel (1) that that tackles the issue of slavery in the troublesome years before the American Civil War. The life and strife of...
Rethinking Occupied Ireland: Gender and Incarceration in Contemporary Irish Film
Rethinking Occupied Ireland: Gender and Incarceration in Contemporary Irish Film Jessica Scarlata Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. 2014 ISBN: 978-0-8156-3332-7 This study focuses on the concepts of gender and incarceration in Irish...
Robert J. Flaherty and Seainin Tom O Diorain: Lights, Camera, and (Not Too Much) Action
Robert J. Flaherty's 1934 feature movie Man of Aran is a widely discussed and analysed film in Irish Studies, yet few are aware that he also directed the first Irish language sound film entitled Oidhche Sheanchais, "a night of storytelling", a 10-minute...
Seamus Heaney and the Belfast Group: Revising on His Own
In The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast 1962-1972, Heather Clark argues for the importance of Philip Hobsbaum's writing workshop to those who participated in it. Clark concludes that this Belfast Group, as it was called, fostered a collaborative...
Sentimentality and "Difficult" Art in Room (Lenny Abrahamson 2015)
In The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Milan Kundera writes that sentimentality or kitsch "causes two tears to flow in quick succession. The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be...
Swan Song: Lamenting Ireland's Traditional Past in Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore 2014)
In the 2008 Irish Film and Television Review for this journal I used the release of Tomm Moore's The Secret of Kells to chart animation's position within Irish national cinema. In concluding the review I suggested that, "Perhaps sometime in the near-future,...
Terrys in Spain and Latin-America: Exile and Rise of an Irish Merchant Family
Introduction In recent years the role played by foreign families in the modern and contemporary history of Spain has been increasingly recognized by historians (Oscar Recio 2012). The most numerous groups were French, Genoese, Flemish and Irish...
The Canal (Ivan Kavanagh 2014)
Thanks to digital film and the possibilities it presents for rapid and cheap filmmaking with relatively sophisticated special effects offerings in post-production, the last ten years have seen a proliferation of horror films shot in Ireland by Irish...
"The Familiar Style of Decaying Colonial Powers": Irish National Newspapers and Portugal's Colonial Wars, 1961-1974
Salazar's Estado Novo dictatorial regime in Portugal was the object of particular attention in many European countries, especially in its early stage, between the new Constitution of 1933 and the end of World War II in 1945. In Ireland, Salazar's early...
The Great Reimagining: Public Art, Urban Space and the Symbolic Landscapes of a 'New' Northern Ireland
The Great Reimagining: Public Art, Urban Space and the Symbolic Landscapes of a 'New' Northern Ireland Bree T. Hocking New York: Berghahn Books, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-78238-621-6 244 pages. 60 [pounds sterling]. Hardback I will give you my...
The Great Wall (Tadhg O'Sullivan 2015)
According to the UN Refugee Agency, the year 2015 marked the record number of migrants and refugees across the world, particularly in the EU. Since April, when five boats carrying almost two thousand emigrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea,...
The Irish Are Coming: Irish Film and Television in 2015
Stephen Colbert: "How did I do with your name? 'Sursha'." Saoirse Ronan: "'Sursha" is perfect. 'Sursha' like inertia. SC: "What's the worst pronunciation of your name that you've ever had?" SR: "I've had a lot of 'Sore-sees', 'Suarez', 'Sair-she',...
The Little Red Chairs
The Little Red Chairs Edna O'Brien London: Faber & Faber, 2015 ISBN 978-0-571-31629-8 299 pages. 14.99 [pounds sterling]. Paperback Edna O'Brien's latest book, her first novel in a decade, is a compelling account of love, intrigue,...
The Making of a Western in Conamara: An Klondike (Dathai Keane 2015)
The Western has been one of cinema's most enduring and versatile genres. Despite the various remarks on the "death of the Western" (Buscombe 1988: 268), the genre has reappeared in new forms, spaces and time periods. No longer is it confined between...
The Revolutionary Chora in Seamus Heaney's Kite Poetry
In Seamus Heaney's final collection Human Chain, and most explicitly in the last poem of this collection "A Kite for Aibhin", Heaney reveals a corrective move into an inclusive maternal space. His poetry attempts to rectify the socially constructed...
The Weather Forecast
It starts in October, the merciless grey morass that gets worse in November and sucks you down into a boghole of misery. It's deep, and oozing, nearly as deep as the silence of a middle aged man in a McGahern novel. Rain. Imagine what all that dreck...
Under Your Keel-The Real Map of Ireland
I was terrible at geography at school, almost but not quite as bad as at bookkeeping. At bookkeeping I didn't just fail worse, I was so hopeless that they let me give it up lest I be the only girl in the school ever to fail completely. That was fine...
Visions of Ireland Gael Linn's Amharc Eireann Film Series, 1956-1964
Visions of Ireland Gael Linn's Amharc Eireann film Series, 1956-1964 B. Mairead Pratschke Reimaging Ireland Vol. 65, ed. Dr Eamon Maher Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015 ISBN 9783034318723 The 2015 publication of Visions of Ireland Gael Linn's...
What's in a Name? Reading the Character of Mary/Moira in Jane Urquhart's Away
Introduction Jane Urquhart's Away (1993) is centred on the character of Mary, who is thought to be "away with the fairies", in a context of Famine and emigration. The novel, starting on Rathlin Island in the north of Ireland, ends in Ontario, and...
Writing the Naked Body: Sex and Nudity in Nuala Ni Chonchuir's Nude
Introduction John Berger says about the female nude in painting: "She is not naked as she is. She is naked as the spectator sees her" (1972: 50). Berger's work directly addresses the differences between nakedness and nudity, especially when connected...
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