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Patrimoine/Cultural Heritage in France and Ireland


Edited By Eamon Maher and Eugene O'Brien

This collection of essays explores the concept of patrimoine, a French word used to denote cultural heritage, traditional customs and practices – the Gaelic equivalent is dúchas – and the extent to which it impacts on France and Ireland. Borrowing from disciplines as varied as sociology, cultural theory, literature, marketing, theology, history, musicology and business, the contributors to the volume unearth interesting manifestations of how patrimoine resonates across cultural divides and bestows uniqueness and specificity on countries and societies, sometimes in a subliminal manner.

Issues covered include debt as heritage, Guinness as a cultural icon of «Irishness», faith-based tourism, the Huguenot heritage in Ireland, Irish musical inheritances since Independence, Skellig Michael and the commodification of Irish culture.

With a Foreword by His Excellency M. Stéphane Crouzat, French Ambassador to Ireland, this collection breaks new ground in assessing the close links between France and Ireland, links that will become all the more important in light of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

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Eóin Flannery is Senior Lecturer and Acting Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. He is the author of four books: Ireland and Ecocriticism: Literature, History, and Environmental Justice (2016); Colum McCann and the Aesthetics of Redemption (2011); Ireland and Postcolonial Studies: Theory, Discourse, Utopia (2009); and Versions of Ireland: Empire, Modernity and Resistance in Irish Culture (2006). His edited publications include Enemies of Empire: New Perspectives on Literature, History and Imperialism (2007); Ireland in Focus: Film, Photography and Popular Culture (2009), and This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann (2012). His next book is provisionally entitled Debt, Affect and Literary Forms in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland.

Julien Guillaumond is a lecturer in English at Clermont-Auvergne University. He has a PhD from the Sorbonne on social and economic inequalities in twentieth-century Ireland. He is a member of the research groups Communications and Societies and Beverage Research Network. His research interests also include citizenship and inequalities in contemporary societies as well as various aspects of Irish political, economic and social history. He has published various articles and book chapters on aspects of his research.

Tony Kiely is a lecturer and researcher in the College of Arts and Tourism, TU Dublin Institute of Technology, lecturing in the areas of business finance, marketing, strategic management and heritage tourism. His research interests incorporate the relationships between traditional music and tourism, church tourism and pilgrimage, festival...

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