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Ireland: Authority and Crisis

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Edited By Carine Berbéri and Martine Pelletier

This volume sets out to investigate how various forms of authority in Irish culture and history have been challenged and transformed by a crisis situation. In literature and the arts, a reappraisal of the authority of canonical authors – and also of traditional forms, paradigms and critical discourses – principally revolves around intertextuality and rewriting, as well as the wider crisis of (authoritative) representation. What is the authority of an author, of a text, of literature itself? How do works of fiction represent, generate or resolve crises on their own aesthetic, stylistic and representational terms?
The Irish Republic has faced a number of serious crises and challenges since it came into existence. In recent years, the collapse of the Celtic Tiger has acted as a catalyst for change, revealing various structures of political, religious and economic authority giving way under pressure. In Northern Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement has led to major developments as new authorities endowed with legislative and executive powers have been set up. In its focus on the subject of authority and crisis in Ireland, this book opens up a rich and varied field of investigation.
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Marie-Violaine Louvet - Challenging the Authority of the Irish State on the Question of the Middle East: The Two Gaza Flotillas of May 2010 and November 2011

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MARIE-VIOLAINE LOUVET

Challenging the Authority of the Irish State on the Question of the Middle East: The Two Gaza Flotillas of May 2010 and November 2011

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In May 2010 and November 2011, the transnational association ‘Free Gaza’, actively supported by its Irish branch, sent two flotillas to Gaza, as a challenge to the Israeli maritime blockade which was imposed on the area in 2007. In both cases, an Irish ship was part of the flotilla: the MV Rachel Corrie in 2010 and the MV Saoirse in 2011. ‘Free Gaza’ is the head of an international network of associations which functions as a transnational movement, without the participation or the consultation of states. The Irish activists who took part in the flotilla bypassed the state and the traditional institutions holding authority over foreign policy, in particular the Department of Foreign Affairs, in order to denounce the Israeli policy towards Gaza.

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