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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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CHARLES I. ARMSTRONG is Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation and a professor of British literature at the University of Agder in Norway. He is the current chair of the Nordic Irish Studies Network and a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is the author of Figures of Memory: Poetry, Space and the Past (2009) and Romantic Organicism: From Idealist Origins to Ambivalent Afterlife (2003), and also a co-editor of Crisis and Contemporary Poetry (2011) and Postcolonial Dislocations: Travel, History, and the Ironies of Narrative (2006).

FIONNA BARBER is Principal Lecturer for Contextual Studies in the Manchester School of Art. Her research interests are contemporary and twentieth-century Irish visual culture, issues of nation, memory and identity and gender performativity in twentieth-century modernism. She has just published Art in Ireland since 1910 (2013) and was guest editor for a special issue of the journal Visual Culture in Britain on visual culture in Northern Ireland since the Ceasefires (2009), in addition to jointly curating (with Megan Johnston) the touring exhibition Archiving Place and Time: Contemporary Art in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement (2009–10). She is also a contributor to the collection Memory Ireland Volume 3: Cruxes in Irish Cultural Memory – The Famine and the Troubles, edited by Oona Frawley (forthcoming).

BRYNHILDUR BOYCE received a PhD in English Literature from Goldsmiths, University of London in November 2012, with a thesis on communication in the radio plays of Samuel Beckett. She has...

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