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The Crossings of Art in Ireland


Edited By Ruben Moi, Brynhildur Boyce and Charles Armstrong

The essays in this volume explore interartistic connections in Irish literature, drama, film and the visual arts. Within modern and postmodern culture, innovation is often driven by surprising interrelations between the arts, and this book offers a discussion of this phenomenon and analyses a number of artworks that move across disciplines. Several contributors examine the concept of ekphrasis, looking at how Irish writers such as Seamus Heaney, John Banville, Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson, Patrick Kavanagh, W.B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett have responded to the visual arts. Others explore interartistic ‘crossings’ in the drama of Brian Friel, in James Barry’s eighteenth-century Shakespeare paintings and in contemporary Irish film. Together, the essays present a fresh perspective on Irish artistic culture and open up new avenues for future study.
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The editors wish to thank a number of persons and associations who have facilitated the publication of this book. First and foremost, we would like to thank Professor Irene Gilsenan Nordin for her incessant work for Irish studies in the Nordic countries and further afield. Her research and inspiration are matched by her many years as President of the Nordic Irish Studies Network and her establishment of Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies, both of which have contributed to conferences and networking leading up to this publication. We would also very much like to extend our gratitude to Dr Eamon Maher for the Reimagining Ireland series, and for all his assistance with this publication. He forms a perfect team with Christabel Scaife, Peter Lang’s commissioning editor for Ireland, who has monitored the editors’ work with swiftness and precision. Finally, we appreciate the financial support of the Nordic Irish Studies Network, the Department of Education and the Border Aesthetics research group at the University of Tromsø, Norway, and the Faculty of the Humanities and Pedagogy at the University of Agder, Norway.← vii | viii →

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