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Family and Dysfunction in Contemporary Irish Narrative and Film

Edited By Marisol Morales-Ladrón

Institutionalized through religious, moral and political discourses, the family has become an icon of Irish culture. Historically, the influence of the Church and the State fostered the ideal of a nuclear family based on principles of Catholic morality, patriarchal authority, heterosexuality and hierarchy, which acted as the cornerstone of Irish society. However, in recent decades the introduction of liberal policies, the progressive recognition of women’s rights, the secularization of society and the effects of immigration and globalization have all contributed to challenging the validity of this ideal, revealing the dysfunction that may lie at the heart of the rigidly constructed family cell. This volume surveys the representation of the concepts of home and family in contemporary Irish narrative and film, approaching the issue from a broad range of perspectives. The earlier chapters look at specific aspects of familial dysfunction, while the final section includes interviews with the writer Emer Martin and filmmakers Jim Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan.
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ASIER ALTUNA-GARCÍA DE SALAZAR is Chairperson of AEDEI (Spanish Association for Irish Studies), a full-time lecturer in English at the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and Director of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts in Euroculture. Basque Government postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Irish Studies NUI Galway, Ireland and Deusto University 2003–8. Visiting lecturer at UNAM, Mexico, Pune University, India, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman and Nizwa University Oman. European TUNING expert (Projects in Lithuania, Russia and India) in the subject field area of English philology, involved in the European Project SPEAQ on quality assurance and enhancement in Higher Education and currently taking part in a Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Spain project on the dysfunctional Irish family. He has published on nineteenth-century Spain and the Basque Country in Irish writing, and multicultural and transcultural Ireland. He has edited Re-Writing Boundaries: Critical Approaches in Irish Studies (2007), New Perspectives on James Joyce: Ignatius Loyola, make haste to help me! (2009) and Rethinking Citizenship: New Voices in Euroculture (2013).

JUAN F. ELICES is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Director of the Language Centre at the University of Alcalá (Spain). He has conducted extensive research on theory of satire, dystopia, alternate history and censorship. His publications include El realismo mágico en lengua inglesa: Tres ensayos (in collaboration with Fernando Galván and José Santiago Fernández, 2001), Historical and Theoretical Approaches to English Satire (2004) and The Satiric Worlds of William Boyd: A Case Study (2006)...

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