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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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This book arises out of the very successful AFIS conference that was hosted in the Université Charles de Gaulle Lille 3 in May 2011 on the theme ‘The French in Ireland and The Irish in France/ Les Français en Irlande et les Irlandais en France’. The editors wish to acknowledge the financial and logistical support provided by The Ireland Fund de France, L’Ambassade de France en Irlande, l’Université de Lille 3 and the CECILLE (Centre d’Etude des Civilisations, Langues et Lettres Etrangères), without which the conference and this publication could not have come about. Finally, we are most appreciative of the indispensable assistance of our editorial team: Dr Claire Dubois (Université Lille 3); Professor Bernard Escarbelt (Lille 3); Dr Fiona McCann (Lille 3); Dr Raymond Mullen (Queen’s University Belfast); Dr Eugene O’Brien (MIC/University of Limerick); Professor Grace Neville (University College Cork); Dr Mary Pierse (University College Cork); Professor Alexandra Poulain (Lille 3). All errors that still remain are the fault of the editors and of no one else. We are also deeply indebted to Christabel Scaife, Commissioning Editor of the Reimagining Ireland series, Mary Critchley and all the staf f in the Oxford of fice of Peter Lang, who have been so pleasant and ef ficient to work with throughout the elaboration of this book.

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