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In Cynara’s Shadow

Collected Essays on Ernest Dowson

Edited by Alice Condé and Jessica Gossling

In the 120 years since the publication of his final poetry collection, Decorations: In Verse and Prose (1899), Ernest Dowson has become something of a Decadent legend, much anthologized and referenced in almost every study of English Decadent literature, but still is considered a minor figure of the fin de siècle. He is, in fact, an important intermediary between late nineteenth-century Decadence and literary Modernism. This first collection of critical essays devoted solely to Dowson draws him out of the shadows and acknowledges his talent and legacy. The essays in this volume by established and emergent Dowson scholars offer new perspectives on some of the most noteworthy aspects of Dowson’s oeuvre, including Catholicism and Paganism, desire and sexuality, space and place, his relationships with Decadent contemporaries including Paul Verlaine and Aubrey Beardsley, and his poetic resonance in twentieth-century literature and music.

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Edited by Fionna Barber, Heidi Hansson and Sara Dybris McQuaid

Ireland and the North is an edited collection of chapters engaging with the relationship between Ireland and the Nordic countries. As a spatial and geographical point of reference for the formation of political and cultural identities in Ireland, the idea of «the North» encourages the identification of overlooked connections between Ireland and the Nordic countries, which, like Ireland, are also small nation states on the periphery of Europe. Importantly, the book employs a double conceptualisation of «the North» to include Northern Ireland. Moving beyond the nation state as a key framework for analysis of human activity, this collection engages with the transnational and transcultural in a mapping of connectivity and exchange. Relationships explored are imaginary and material exchanges, civic and personal linkages, literary adaptation and appropriation, transfers of cultural artefacts, political institutions and ideas. Chapters are drawn from a wide-ranging field of study that includes art history, literary history and theory, archaeology, antiquarianism, and media studies in addition to political analysis. With three sections on Material Culture, Political Culture and Print Culture, the book moves beyond the predominant literary paradigm in Irish Studies to make a significant contribution to expanding and developing the field.

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Love's Betrayal

The Decline of Catholicism and Rise of New Religions in Ireland

Peter Mulholland

This book provides a detailed analysis of the decline of Catholicism and the almost simultaneous surge of new religious movements in Ireland during the second half of the twentieth century. After chronicling the sudden emergence of these new religious movements, some of which were associated with New Age spirituality, and considering the reactions they elicited in the Irish media and from religious and academic observers, the author explores the cultural, socioeconomic and political context in which they flourished.

Taking its title from President Mary McAleese’s response to the Ryan Report on clerical child abuse, the book traces the «systemic betrayal of the great Christian commandment to love one another» back through Irish history and into the heart of Catholic theology. It argues that the theology that transformed the «cult» of early Christianity into a great civilising power was implicated in the development of an authoritarian regime, and that this regime was undermining the faith and fostering interest in alternative spiritualities for decades before the abuse scandals of the 1990s brought the Church to its knees.

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Edited by Elisa Bizzotto

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Mensch, Analogie und Trinität

Eine Untersuchung des analogen Denkens in der Trinitätslehre von Augustinus, Richard von St. Viktor und Gisbert Greshake

Fidelis Den

«Der Mensch ist in seiner Ganzheit eine Analogie der Trinität». Diese Hauptthese der Studie ist das Ergebnis der Auseinandersetzung mit der Trinitätslehre von Augustinus, Richard von St. Viktor und Gisbert Greshake. Das Ziel der Untersuchung ist nicht nur eine Rekonstruktion und Darstellung des Menschenverständnisses, des analogen Denkens und der Trinitätslehre dieser Theologen, sondern sie soll auch die These des Autors argumentativ bestätigen, dass der Mensch in seiner Ganzheit eine Analogie für die göttliche Trinität ist.

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Navigating Ireland's Theatre Archive

Theory, Practice, Performance

Edited by Barry Houlihan

The historiography of Irish theatre has largely been dependent on in-depth studies of the play-text as the definitive primary source. This volume explores the processes of engaging with the documented and undocumented record of Irish theatre and broadens the concept of evidential study of performance through the use of increasingly diverse sources. The archive is regarded here as a broad repository of evidence including annotated scripts, photographs, correspondence, administrative documents, recordings and other remnants of the mechanics of producing theatre. It is an invaluable resource for scholars and artists in interrogating Ireland’s performance history.

This collection brings together key thinkers, scholars and practitioners who engage with the archive of Irish theatre and performance in terms of its creation, management and scholarly as well as artistic interpretation. New technological advances and mass digitization allow for new interventions in this field. The essays gathered here present new critical thought and detailed case studies from archivists, theatre scholars, historians and artists, each working in different ways to uncover and reconstruct the past practice of Irish performance through new means.

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«Plaisirs de femmes»

Women, Pleasure and Transgression in French Literature and Culture

Edited by Maggie Allison, Elliott Evans and Carrie Tarr

Feminist approaches to questions of women, pleasure and transgression have generally been premised on the assumption that women’s pleasures are typically constrained – if not ignored, marginalized or forbidden – in patriarchal cultures. The naming, foregrounding and pursuit of women’s pleasures can therefore be deemed potentially transgressive and linked to women’s emancipation in other realms. The essays in this volume draw on a range of materials, from travel writing and the novel to film and stand-up comedy, addressing the specificity of French and Francophone approaches to women, pleasure and transgression across a range of historical contexts.

The volume is divided into three sections: intellectual and creative pleasures; normative pleasures, that is, pleasures conforming to women’s conventionally expected roles and status as well as to accepted views regarding race, national identity and sexuality; and perverse pleasures, that is, pleasures transgressive in their tendency to reject authority and norms, and often controversial in their «excessive» appetite for violence, sex, alcohol or food. In each case, questions are raised about how we approach such pleasures as feminist researchers, motivated in part by a desire to counter the notion of feminism and feminist research as something «dour» or joyless.

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Transmettre une fidélité

La Contre-Révolution et les usages du passé (France, Espagne, Italie ‒ XIXe-XXe siècles)

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Edited by Bruno Dumons and Paul Chopelin

Ce volume collectif interroge les modalités d’élaboration, de diffusion et de perception des souvenirs historiques dans les milieux contre-révolutionnaires français, italiens et espagnols à l’époque contemporaine. Si la tradition historiographique contre-révolutionnaire, en tant que système de pensée, est aujourd’hui assez bien connue, elle ne doit pas dissimuler la multiplicité des usages militants du passé, à l’échelle individuelle ou collective. Pour ne pas rompre le « fil de l’histoire » et transmettre le flambeau aux nouvelles générations, les contre-révolutionnaires ont tout à la fois exalté la légitimité historique des princes et valorisé le comportement exemplaire de ceux qui ont su leur rester fidèles dans l’adversité. La construction de généalogies, d’armoriaux ou d’histoires familiales permet de conjurer la rupture révolutionnaire ou « l’usurpation » dynastique, tandis que les pèlerinages, auprès des princes en exil, sur des tombeaux ou sur des sites de bataille, se doublent souvent d’une collecte de souvenirs et de reliques. Les contributions réunies dans ce volume témoignent de l’émergence, à l’échelle européenne, d’une véritable contre-culture historique, fondée sur la célébration de la fidélité, érigée en vertu politique fondamentale face à « l’opportunisme libéral » et à la « subversion révolutionnaire ». Tout autant qu’aux supports – livres, monuments ou musées –, une grande attention a été portée aux acteurs de cette « histoire en blanc », leurs circulations et leur insertion dans les réseaux contre-révolutionnaires de leur temps.

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Understanding Peace Holistically

From the Spiritual to the Political

Scherto Gill and Garrett Thomson

Understanding Peace Holistically: From the Spiritual to the Political argues that spiritually rooted and morally oriented peacefulness is relevant to the socio-economic–political structures that provide the conditions for a culture of peace. As the authors build up a theory of peace from the spiritual to the relational and communal towards the socio-political, this book also identifies key principles that characterise international and institutional processes that nurture peace. The holistic conception of peace developed in this book may guide and inspire individuals, institutions, and international organisations with regards to how to make peace.

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Views of Place, Views of Irishness

Representing the Gaeltacht in the Irish Press, 1895−1905

Davide Mazzi

This book focuses on the representation of the Gaeltacht in the Irish press. It examines texts from a key moment in the history of Irish journalism, namely the decade between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth (1895−1905). Newspapers and periodicals have often been discussed with a view to their contents, or else they have served as supporting materials for scholars in Irish history. However, little to no interest has been taken so far in the language of the Irish press and the structure or discursive organisation of its news texts. In an attempt to contribute to filling this gap, this work is intended to carry out a corpus-based and discourse study of Irish news texts. The analysis fields the following general questions: How was the Gaeltacht represented in mainstream newspapers of the time? What aspects of Irish identity does the representation highlight, beyond the vivid description of remote places? In that regard, what are the concurring or competing voices of journalists engaging in the Irish public sphere? How do such voices actively shape news discourse in order to argue distinctive visions of Ireland?