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Franco-Irish Connections in Space and Time

Peregrinations and Ruminations


Edited By Eamon Maher and Catherine Maignant

Strong cultural, commercial, literary and intellectual links have existed for many centuries between the Celtic cousins France and Ireland and continue to flourish today. This book explores some of the connections that have been forged over space and time by groups and individuals travelling between the two countries.
Covering subjects as varied as travel literature, music, philosophy, wine production, photography and consumer culture, and spanning the seventeenth through to the twenty-first centuries, the collection draws attention to the rich tapestry of interconnections and associations which confirm this unique and mutually beneficial friendship. The book examines the role of figures such as Boullaye-le-Gouz, Coquebert de Montbret, Sydney Owenson, Alain de Lille, Augusta Holmes, Alain Badiou, Wolfe Tone, Jacques Rancière, the ‘Wine Geese’, the O’Kelly family, Marguerite Mespoulet, Madeleine Mignon, Jules Verne, Hector Malot, Harry Clifton, John McGahern, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Kate O’Brien, John Broderick, Brian Moore and François Mauriac. The essays will appeal to both academic and general readers and to anyone with an interest in Franco-Irish relations.


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Acknowledgements ix Introduction 1 Part I Travel Literature and Literary Connections Between France and Ireland 9 Grace Neville Things Fall Apart – Boullaye-le-Gouz, An Angevin Traveller to Ireland in 1644 11 Jane Conroy Time and the Traveller: The Case of Coquebert de Montbret 29 Jeanne Lakatos Sydney Owenson and Alain de Lille: Traversing Philosophical Terrains in France and De Planctu Naturae 53 Mary Pierse Close Connections: Nationalism and Artistic Expression in the Opere of Sydney Owenson/Lady Morgan and Augusta Holmes 69 vi Part II Philosophical, Cultural and Commercial Exchanges in Space and Time 91 Eugene O’Brien The Year(s) of the French: The French Revolution as a Spatio-Temporal Event 93 Brian Murphy Appellation ‘Éire’ Contrôlée: Historical Links Between France’s Wine Heritage and Ireland 117 Axel Klein Qualité d’Irlandais: The O’Kelly Family in Nineteenth-Century French Musical Life 133 Catherine Maignant Reimagining Ireland through Early Twentieth-Century French Eyes 155 Part III French Writers and Ireland: Kindred Spirits or Passing Ships in the Night? 179 Lauren Clark Children, ‘The Charity Myth’ and Victorian Consumer Culture: Jules Verne and Hector Malot’s Franco-Irish Foundlings 181 Benjamin Keatinge ‘The clouds of Ireland gathered over France’: Harry Clifton’s Secular Eden 203 vii Raymond Mullen ‘How Can Time be Gathered in and Kissed?’: The Phenomenology of Memory in John McGahern’s That They May Face the Rising Sun 227 Eamon Maher ‘Beware the Hypocrites and the Pharisees!’: François Mauriac’s Impact on Some Twentieth-Century Irish Novelists 249 Notes on Contributors 271 Index 277

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