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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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Lauren Clark graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in French and English Literature in 2008. She is a doctoral student at the University of Sunderland and is working as part of the Leverhulme Trust- funded ‘Consumer Culture, Advertising and Literature 1848–1921’ project based at the Universities of Sunderland and Durham. Her current research interests include Victorian Irish fiction, advertising, consumer studies and children’s writing and she maintains an interest in French, Scottish and cultural studies. She guest edited the second edition of the Journal of Franco-Irish Studies and is currently co-editing with Colin Younger a book of collected essays on Scottish and Irish studies entitled Border Crossings: Narration, Nation and Imagination in Scots and Irish Literature and Culture. She has published in The Shavian journal and contributed chapters to Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien’s War of the Words: Literary Rebellion in France and Ireland (2010) and Alison O’Malley-Younger and John Strachan’s Ireland at War and Peace (2011). Jane Conroy holds a personal chair in French at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research lies mainly in seventeeth-century theatre studies (Terres tragiques, 1999), and in travel literature and intercultural- ity (Cross-Cultural Encounters, 2003, and Franco-Irish Connections, 2009). Her current research projects include collaboration on an online data- base of travel images of Ireland (1600–1850), completion of an edition of Coquebert de Montbret’s travel account of Ireland (1791–1793), an edition of a play by Thomas Corneille (forthcoming in 2012), and a monograph on language and...

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