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Affecting Irishness

Negotiating Cultural Identity Within and Beyond the Nation

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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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ii Linda M. Hagan is a graduate of the Queen’s University, Belfast. Her degree in Irish studies included a dissertation on integrated schooling in Northern Ireland. She then followed up this interest, completing a PhD with research into Education for Mutual Understanding. She is an Ulster-Scot and was formally the Director of the Ulster-Scots Curriculum Development Unit at Stranmillis University College, Belfast. Recently she has been undertaking consultancy work with the Ulster-Scots Academy Implementation Group. She has spoken on Ulster-Scots language, history and culture at conferences across Europe and in the United States. She has published a number of articles and papers on Ulster-Scots issues and her most recent research, Voices of the Dead Speak to the Future, a study of two graveyards from the two traditions in Northern Ireland, will be published by the University of Valladolid in 2008. Thomas W. Ihde is Associate Professor of Irish in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Lehman College, CUNY. He also serves as the Executive Director of the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies at Lehman College and as a Research Associate of the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has published numerous articles on the topic of Irish language acqui- sition and syllabus design and was the primary author in two books, The Irish Language in the United States (1994) and Colloquial Irish (2008). He has received several grants to support his research and lecturing in the Irish language. Recent...

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