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Non-Violent Resistance

Irreverence in Irish Culture

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Edited By Agnès Maillot, Jennifer Bruen and Jean-Philippe Imbert

Humour, by its very nature controversial, plays an important role in social interaction. With its power to question assumptions, it can be used a weapon of subversion, and its meaning and interpretation are embedded within the culture that generates them in complex ways. The scrutiny of Irish culture through the lens of humour is highly revealing, contributing to an alternative, and sometimes irreverent, reading of events. As John Updike wrote of Raymond Queneau’s witty re-imagining of the Easter Rising, humour can effectively expose «casual ambivalence».

This volume investigates the many ways in which writers, playwrights, politicians, historians, filmmakers, artists and activists have used irreverence and humour to look at aspects of Irish culture and explore the contradictions and shortcomings of the society in which they live.

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AGNÈS MAILLOT

Introduction: Humour and Irreverence as Subversive Weapons in Irish Culture

PART I: Satire in the Media

MARIE-VIOLAINE LOUVET

1 From Belfast to Jerusalem via Rio de Janeiro: Imaginary Geographies and Anti-Imperialism in Carlos Latuff’s Political Cartoons

FELIX LARKIN

2 ‘The Long and the Short of it All’: De Valera, Seán T. O’Kelly and Dublin Opinion

DÓNAL MULLIGAN

3 Humour, Satire & Counter-Discourse around Ireland’s 2015 Marriage Referendum Online: An Analysis of #marref

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