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New Critical Perspectives on Franco-Irish Relations


Edited By Anne Goarzin

This collection of critical essays proposes new and original readings of the relationship between French and Irish literature and culture. It seeks to re-evaluate, deconstruct and question artistic productions and cultural phenomena while pointing to the potential for comparative analysis between the two countries. The volume covers the French wine tradition, the Irish rebellion and the weight of religious and cultural tradition in both countries, seeking to examine these familiar topics from unconventional perspectives. Some contributors offer readings of established figures in Irish and French literature, from Flann O’Brien to Albert Camus; others highlight writers who have been left outside the critical frame, including Sydney Owenson, Jean Giono and Katherine Cecil Thurston. Finally, the volume explores areas such as sport, education, justice and alternative religious practices, generating unexpected and thought-provoking cultural connections between France and Ireland.


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Anne Goarzin Introduction 1 part i Not Quite What It Seems: Challenging the Critical Doxa in French and Irish Literature 7 Eamon Maher A Voice from the Margins: Albert Camus at 100 9 Gerard Connolly Jean Giono: ‘The Peasant-Anarchist’ 27 Matthew L. Reznicek The Novice in the City: Sydney Owenson and the Bildung of Metropolitan Economics 43 Mary Pierse The Challenges of Katherine Cecil Thurston’s Max (1910) 61 Michelle Kennedy ‘Being the Not Wife’: Representations of Second Wives and Stepmothers in the Fiction of John McGahern and Anne Enright 79 Edward Alan Schaefer Reframing a Portrait: Flann O’Brien’s Interrogation of the Artist in ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’ 95 vi Eva Urban Acts of Justice in Ireland: Social Utopia and Natural Law in a Deconstructive Staging of Tennyson’s The Foresters: Robin Hood and Maid Marian 109 Anne Goarzin Challenging the Virilian Doxa: Of Flow, Speed and Trajectory in Allan Gillis’s Poetry 127 part ii More than Meets the Eye: Questioning Orthodoxies and Defining New Perimeters for Cultural Studies in France and Ireland 141 Pierre-Jérôme Jéhel and Corinne Feïss-Jéhel The Photographic Framing and Un-Framing of Inhabited Landscapes in Ireland 143 Brian Murphy Thinking Beyond the Bottle: Traditional French Wine versus New Media 159 Frank Healy Football and Identity: The Irish in Scotland and the Algerians in France 181 Marion Sarrouy From Politics to Deviance: The Gender of Violence at the Height of The Troubles 199 vii Déborah Vandewoude Whitefriar Street Church: An Institutional Perimeter for an Unframed, Polymorphic...

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