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New Perspectives on Irish TV Series

Identity and Nostalgia on the Small Screen


Edited By Flore Coulouma

Within the growing field of television studies, little work has yet been done on the Irish context. This volume aims to fill this gap by offering new and compelling studies of contemporary Irish TV series. Fictional TV series, which constitute an autonomous genre within the broader cultural phenomenon of TV broadcasting, are explored here as paradigmatic representations of Irish popular culture. This book investigates the vast number of series produced in Ireland over the past two decades, focusing on their cultural impact at a time when American and British dominance have led many critics and viewers to underestimate the significance of Irish programming. The essays collected here reveal a distinctly Irish culture of TV fiction series, in both the Irish and English languages, and examine some of its finest examples, from Father Ted to Love/Hate and Sin Scéal Eile.


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Catherine Conan is Associate Professor at the University of Western Brittany in Brest. She wrote her PhD thesis on the representation of Belfast in 1990s Irish fiction and poetry. She has published a number of articles on contemporary Irish poets, notably Ciaran Carson. Her research interests include Irish ecocriticism, notably of urban spaces, and more generally the articulation of aesthetic form with political discourse. Flore Coulouma is Associate Professor at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre. She is the author of Diglossia and The Linguistic Turn: Flann O’Brien’s Philosophy of Language (2015). She has also written on contem- porary Irish and American literature, as well as American and Irish TV series. Her other research interests include ecocriticism and social justice, law and linguistics. Cornelius Crowley is Professor of British Studies at Nanterre University in Paris (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense). He has written on twentieth-century Irish literature and questions of politics and cul- ture in Ireland. He will shortly be publishing a paper on Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, titled ‘Travis Bickle’s Terminal Imitation of Christ in Taxi Driver’, in a volume of essays (Réécritures contemporaines de la passion) edited by Maxime Décout and Emilie Walezak. He will also be publishing an article (‘British Euroscepticism and the geopolitics of a post-imperial Britain’) in a book on British Euroscepticism, titled The UK’s Challenge to Europeanisation and edited by Karine Tournier-Sol and Chris Gifford. Ruth Lysaght lectures at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, where she has been carrying out research...

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