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Reimagining Irish Studies for the Twenty-First Century


Edited By Eamon Maher and Eugene O'Brien

This landmark collection marks the publication of the 100th book in the Reimagining Ireland series. It attempts to provide a «forward look» (as opposed to what Frank O’Connor once referred to as the « backward look») at what Irish Studies might look like in the third millennium. With a Foreword by Declan Kiberd, it also contains essays by several other leading Irish Studies experts on (among other areas) literature and critical theory, sport, the Irish language, food and beverage studies, cinema, women’s writing, Brexit, religion, Northern Ireland, the legacy of the Great Famine, Ireland in the French imagination, archival research, musicology, and Irish Studies in North America. The book is a tribute to Irish Studies’ foundational commitment to revealing and renewing Irishness within and beyond the national space.

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Message from the Series Editor

Message from the Series Editor


As we reach the landmark 100th volume in the Reimagining Ireland series, it would be remiss of me not to make reference to a number of people who have contributed majorly to the success of the project.

There have been three Commissioning Editors to date, each of whom has left a positive imprint. When Joe Armstrong first approached me with the idea of setting up a series in Irish Studies, I was immediately inspired by his infectious enthusiasm for, and belief in, what he envisioned. It did not take long to convince me to take on the role of General Editor. When Joe left, Christabel Scaife joined the team and her formidable editing skills, empathetic personality and encouragement of authors brought the series to a level that exceeded even Joe’s and my own expectations. After Christabel’s departure, Tony Mason took over at the helm. Tony was known to me from his work with Manchester University Press and he brought an extensive knowledge of academic publishing, and of Irish Studies in particular, which, combined with a larger than life and enabling personality, have made him an invaluable asset. These three people are owed a great debt of gratitude for their energy, vision and hard work which have made Reimagining Ireland the significant series that it has become and will hopefully remain.

The technical staff at Peter Lang, Oxford, have been a pleasure to work with. They are too numerous to be named individually, but they have shown...

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