Irish Film and Media Studies Publication. Introduction

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Irish Film and Media Studies Publication. Introduction


Barton, Ruth, Estudios Irlandeses - Journal of Irish Studies


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 specifically to the discussion of Film and Media, while others have been included by virtue of a substantial interest in those topics.

This interdisciplinarity is a reflection of Film and Media's increasing absorption into third level teaching and student learning. In my university, for example, we are collaborating with subjects as far removed from our own as Physics and Medicine to teach their students the basics of communicating with each other and the public through making and showing films. Film and Media are well established in Departments of English and Language Departments worldwide and in specific "Studies" departments, in our case within Irish Studies. Historians are moving beyond berating films for "getting it wrong" towards a more nuanced approach that rightly sees films as repositories of socio-cultural values.

Irish cinema has tended to be read this way too as reflecting and reflecting on national and social concerns. Irish Media Studies is newer but often studied for the same reasons. However, as several of the reviews in this section reflect, a vocal cohort of newer scholars is agitating for a more theoretically informed approach to both disciplines and this, in turn, should attract a wider interest group to their study. …

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