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New Critical Perspectives on Franco-Irish Relations


Anne Goarzin

This collection of critical essays proposes new and original readings of the relationship between French and Irish literature and culture. It seeks to re-evaluate, deconstruct and question artistic productions and cultural phenomena while pointing to the potential for comparative analysis between the two countries. The volume covers the French wine tradition, the Irish rebellion and the weight of religious and cultural tradition in both countries, seeking to examine these familiar topics from unconventional perspectives. Some contributors offer readings of established figures in Irish and French literature, from Flann O’Brien to Albert Camus; others highlight writers who have been left outside the critical frame, including Sydney Owenson, Jean Giono and Katherine Cecil Thurston. Finally, the volume explores areas such as sport, education, justice and alternative religious practices, generating unexpected and thought-provoking cultural connections between France and Ireland.
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Football and Identity: The Irish in Scotland and the Algerians in France


In this chapter I propose to address representations of identity in France and Ireland by going ‘outside the frame’ in two ways: first, I will examine and compare the assimilation trajectories of Irish Catholics in Scotland and the Algerians in France; secondly, I will use association football as a lens that will provide the focus for this research.

Although this may initially appear to be a somewhat incongruous choice, a comparison of Ireland and Algeria does in fact reveal many similarities. Both countries spent long periods as colonies of a powerful neighbour. Their native languages were different from that of the colonizer, but today most Irish speak English and French still serves as a language of the élite in Algeria. Moreover, the predominantly Catholic population of Ireland was controlled by Protestant England, while Algeria’s Muslims were colonized by Catholic France. The nationalist movements in both countries waged a war on the occupier which was ultimately successful but left scars on all concerned.1 Finally, large numbers of migrants left Ireland and Algeria to look for a better life in the UK and France, respectively. It is at the interface of these communities, the Algerians and the French on the one hand, and the Irish and the Scots on the other, that this study will examine how culture and identity may be being shaped. ← 181 | 182 →

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