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Cultural Perspectives on Globalisation and Ireland


Edited By Eamon Maher

In the space of a few short decades, Ireland has become one of the most globalised societies in the Western world. The full ramifications of this transformation for traditional Irish communities, religious practice, economic activity, as well as literature and the arts, are as yet unknown. What is known is that Ireland’s largely unthinking embrace of globalisation has at times had negative consequences. Unlike some other European countries, Ireland has eagerly and sometimes recklessly grasped the opportunities for material advancement afforded by the global project.
This collection of essays, largely the fruit of two workshops organised under the auspices of the Humanities Institute of Ireland at University College Dublin and the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, explores how globalisation has taken such a firm hold on Irish society and provides a cultural perspective on the phenomenon. The book is divided into two sections. The first examines various manifestations of globalisation in Irish society whereas the second focuses on literary representations of globalisation. The contributors, acknowledged experts in the areas of cultural theory, religion, sociology and literature, offer a panoply of viewpoints of Ireland’s interaction with globalisation.


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Notes on Contributors MICHAEL CRONIN holds a Personal Chair in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dublin City University. He is author of Translating Ireland: Translation, Languages and Identity (1996); Across the Lines: Travel, Language, Translation (2000); Translation and Globalization (2003); Time Tracks: Scenes from the Irish Everyday (2003); Irish in the New Century/ An Ghaeilge san Aois Nua (2005); Translation and Identity (2006); The Barrytown Trilogy (2007); and Translation goes to the Movies (2008). He is co-editor of Tourism in Ireland: A Critical Analysis (1993); Anthologie de nouvelles irlandaises (1997); Unity in Diversity? Current Trends in Transla- tion Studies (1998); Reinventing Ireland: Culture, Society and the Global Economy (2002); Irish Tourism: Image, Culture and Identity (2003); The Languages of Ireland (2003). Transforming Ireland, co-edited with Peadar Kirby and Debbie Ging will be published in spring 2009. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and co-editor of The Irish Review. ANNE FOGARTY is Professor of James Joyce Studies at University College Dublin and President of the International James Joyce Foundation. She is Director of the UCD James Joyce Research Centre and editor of the Irish University Review. She is co-editor with Timothy Martin of Joyce on the Threshold (2005), with Morris Beja of Bloomsday 100: Essays on Ulysses and with Luca Crispi of Dublin James Joyce Journal, No. 1 (2008). She is currently completing a study of the poetry of Eavan Boland and a mono- graph on the socio-historical contexts of Ulysses, entitled James Joyce and...

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