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Trauma and Identity in Contemporary Irish Culture


Edited By Melania Terrazas Gallego

The last two centuries of Irish history have seen great traumas that continue to affect Irish society. Through constructing cultural trauma, Irish society can recognize human pain and its source/s and become receptive to the idea of taking significant and responsible measures to remedy it. The intention of this volume is to show the mediating role of the literature and film scholar, the archivist, the social media professional, the historian, the musician, the artist and the poet in identifying Irish cultural trauma past and present, in illuminating Irish national identity (which is shifting so much today), in paying tribute to the memory and suffering of others, in showing how to do things with words and, thus, how concrete action might be taken.

Trauma and Identity in Contemporary Irish Culture makes a case for the value of trauma and memory studies as a means of casting new light on the meaning of Irish identity in a number of contemporary Irish cultural practices, and of illuminating present-day attitudes to the past. The critical approaches herein are of a very interdisciplinary nature, since they combine aspects of sociology, philosophy and anthropology, among other fields. This collection is intended to lead readers to reconsider the connections between trauma, Irish cultural memory, identity, famine, diaspora, gender, history, revolution, the Troubles, digital media, literature, film, music and art.

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síobhra aiken is an Irish Research Government of Ireland postgraduate scholar at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. Her doctoral research explores the traumatic memory of the Irish Civil War (1922–23) by locating traces of trauma in various personal, literary and (auto)fictional narratives by veterans of the conflict. She is co-editor of The Men Will Talk to Me: Ernie O’Malley’s Interviews with the Northern Divisions (Merrion Press 2018). She has also curated a major exhibition, “Fathach File: Reluctant Modernist”, on the modernist Irish-language poet Máirtín Ó Direáin and published an edited collection of his prose writings entitled An Chuid Eile Díom Féin: Aistí le Máirtín Ó Direáin (Cló Iar-Chonnacht 2018). In 2013–14 she was a Fulbright Scholar at Elms College, Springfield, Massachusetts, and has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on aspects of the Gaelic Revival in the United States, including in ComharTaighde and Éire-Ireland.

asier altuna-garcía de salazar is the chairperson of AEDEI and head of the Department of Modern Languages and Basque Studies at the University of Deusto, Bilbao. He was a Basque government fellow at the Centre for Irish Studies NUI Galway, Ireland and Deusto University between 2003 and 2008. He was involved in a project on the dysfunctional Irish family funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Competitiveness and is currently working on a project on cultural practices of silence in contemporary Irish fiction funded by the same ministry....

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