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Authority and Wisdom in the New Ireland

Studies in Literature and Culture

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Edited By Carmen Zamorano Llena and Billy Gray

Since the end of the nineteenth century, Ireland has witnessed a profound reconfiguration of its cultural, political, constitutional and religious identities, resulting in an unparalleled questioning of the dominant discourses and narratives that have seemingly defined the nation. The essays in this collection examine the ways in which established Irish socio-cultural structures of authority and their constructs of collective identity have been challenged within literary and cultural discourses of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Every challenge to the purported wisdom of these authority structures adds a new facet to the complexity of Irish national identity and contributes to the continuous evolution of the ‘New Ireland’, a phrase often used to signify the momentous transformations of the country in times of change.
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CIÁRAN BENSON is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at UCD School of Psychology, Dublin. He has been intimately involved in Irish cultural policy formation since the late 1970s. As well as developing the first national framework for the arts in Irish education in 1978 (The Place of the Arts in Irish Education, Dublin, The Arts Council, 1979), he was also the founding Chairman of the Irish Film Institute (1980–84) and of the City Arts Centre in Dublin (1985–91). From 1993 to 1998 he was Chairman of The Arts Council of Ireland. Currently he is chairman of Poetry Ireland, amongst other organizations. He has written extensively on psychology, philosophy and education, as well as on cultural policy and art criticism. His books include The Absorbed Self: Pragmatism, Psychology and Aesthetic Experience (1993) and The Cultural Psychology of Self: Place Morality and Art in Human Worlds (2001). He has been an ESRI Research Fellow, a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar, A Royal Irish Academy-British Academy Exchange Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, a UCD President’s Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Stone Theory Institute Chicago. In 2007 he held the invited Davis Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies in Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Irish Film Institute and a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

JOHN BRAIDWOOD is Senior Lecturer in Irish and British Cultural Studies at the University of Oulu. He studied Russian and Religious Studies at Leeds University and...

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