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Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory

Transitions and Transformations


Edited By Marguerite Corporaal, Christopher Cusack and Ruud van den Beuken

Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory presents the latest research from Irish studies scholars across a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, theatre, photography and folklore, and generates new and challenging insights into the dynamics of cultural remembrance in Irish society. Featuring contributions by leading researchers in the field such as Guy Beiner, Graham Dawson and Emilie Pine, this collection demonstrates how the examination of Irish cultural legacies can illuminate our understanding of processes of identity formation, heritage policies, canonization, musealization and the transgenerational and transcultural inflections of the past. Investigating topics such as trauma, contested politics and commemorative practices, and exploring recent theoretical developments, the volume offers an interdisciplinary overview of the recent cross-fertilization between memory studies and Irish studies.
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NELSON BARRE is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon. He received his PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he was awarded a Hardiman Research Scholarship for his doctoral work on the plays of Enda Walsh. His research focuses on memory, ritual and performance in contemporary theatre and performance. His writing has appeared in New Hibernia Review, Comparative Drama, Theatre Journal and essay collections on Enda Walsh, Mark O’Rowe and American Theatre.

GAIL BAYLIS lectures at the University of Ulster where she teaches the history and theory of photography, visual culture and gender studies. Her latest publications include ‘Boy culture and Ireland 1916’, Early Popular Visual Culture 11(3) (August 2015), 192–208; ‘Remembering to Forget: Marginalised Visual Narratives in the Irish Nation Narrative’, Kynmpa/Culture 7 (2014), 123–135; ‘Gender in the Frame: photography and the performance of the nation narrative in early twentieth-century Ireland’, Irish Studies Review 22(2) (May 2014), 184–206 and ‘A Few Too Many Photographs? Indexing Digital Histories’, History of Photography 38(1) (February 2014), 3–20.

GUY BEINER is Senior Lecturer of Modern History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and has held research fellowships at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Notre Dame, the Central European University and the University of Oxford. He specializes in the study of memory, with a particular interest in forgetting, and is the author of the prize-winning book Remembering the...

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