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Affecting Irishness

Negotiating Cultural Identity Within and Beyond the Nation


Edited By James P. Byrne, Padraig Kirwan and Michael O'Sullivan

This collection of new essays addresses a key debate in Irish studies. While it is important that new research endeavours to accommodate the new and powerful manifestations of Irishness that are evident today in our globalised economy, these considerations are often overlooked. The writers in this book seek to reconcile the established critical perspectives of Irish studies with a forward-looking critical momentum that incorporates the realities of globalisation and economic migration.
The book initiates this vital discussion by bringing together a series of provocative and thoughtful essays, from both renowned and rising international scholars, on the vicissitudes of cultural identity in a post-modern, post-colonial and post-national Ireland. By including work by leading scholars in the fields of film studies, migration and Diaspora studies, travel literature and gender studies, this collection offers a thorough twenty-first-century interrogation of Irishness and provides a timely fusion of international perspectives on Irish cultural identity.


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Acknowledgements ix Contributors xi Introduction 1 part 1 Theorising Irish Studies Irish Studies, the Postcolonial Paradigm and the Comparative Mandate 21 Raphaël Ingelbien ‘Who’s he when he’s at home?’ Spenser and Irishness 43 Oona Frawley Irishness and the Body: The Presence of the Body in the Debates on Poverty in the Early Nineteenth Century 57 Anne-Catherine Lobo part 11 Rebordering Territories The Ulster-Scots and the ‘Greening’ of Ireland: A Precarious Belonging? 71 Linda M. Hagan ‘Ma Right Insane Yirwanny Us Jimmy?’: Irishness in Modern Scottish Writing 89 Niall O’Gallagher vi The Leid, the Pratoe and the Buik: Northern Cultural Markers in the Works of James Orr 103 Carol Baraniuk ‘No Rootless Colonist’: John Hewitt’s Regionalist Approach to Identity 121 Aoileann NÍ Éigeartaigh part 111 Other Irelands Representing Travellers 145 Maureen T. Reddy Irish Multicultural Fiction: Metaphors of Miscegenation and Interracial Romance 159 Jason King Subversive Identities: Femininity, Sexuality and ‘Irishness’ in Novels by Edna O’Brien 179 Iris Lindahl-Raittila part iv Transnational Irishness A ‘Sympathetic Look’: Documentary Humanism and Irish Identity in Dorothea Lange’s ‘Irish Country People’ 197 Justin Carville Irish-American Identity and the Irish Language 219 Thomas W. Ihde Shades of Green and Orange: Irish Identity in Diaspora 231 William H. Mulligan, Jr vii Muldoon’s Palimpsestic Irishness 247 Florence Schneider part v Masking, Affectation and Play The Voice of Pierce Brosnan 259 Ruth Barton Shades, Minstrel and Majestic 275 Daniel Tobin Self-Contradiction in a Small Place: Anne Devlin’s ‘Other at the Edge of Life’ 291 Maureen E....

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