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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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From Politics to Deviance: The Gender of Violence at the Height of The Troubles


The participation of women in political movements that are characterized in part by their violent actions raises fundamental questions in the field of gender studies and social sciences. Their presence in hard-line, often left-wing political movements in Northern Ireland, France, South America or Palestine has raised academic interest in the study of gender and deviance.1 The sexual division of labour and social spaces on the one hand, and the stereotypical binary characteristics attributed to the masculine and the feminine on the other, are among the issues challenged by women taking part in political and military activism and/or endorsing violent actions. Women’s ‘deviance’ and its reception on multiple levels raise questions of power and agency, hierarchy and gender difference, making this a particularly rich subject for feminists.2

Due to their activity on the margin of legality, the role of women in paramilitary movements in Northern Ireland has been difficult to research from a sociological perspective. Most approaches have involved a retracing ← 199 | 200 → of the trajectories of women who engage in paramilitary activity as well as analysis of the effect of such commitment on their social role, individual and communal identity, and perception of self.3 However, as Maritza Felices-Luna points out, while most of the work on the subject has focused on the ‘causes’ or the ‘normality’ of women’s engagement, there has been no sociological analysis of their participation and contribution as actors in military and violent activities.4 Because the prisons came to occupy a central place...

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