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New Critical Perspectives on Franco-Irish Relations

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Edited By 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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The Photographic Framing and Un-Framing of Inhabited Landscapes in Ireland

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Certain images of Ireland have been created based on the representation of its landscapes and how they are framed, and it is these images that have long nourished concepts of the Green Island. They are the pictures in our minds before we even get there. When setting out on the journey to Ireland, the traveller counts on encountering these promised images; yet one may wonder where the Irish landscapes are to be found now. In addition, how does the French public perceive them? What do these landscapes say of the identity of Ireland and how do they relate to any pre-conceived images of it? How may the photographic approach proposed in this chapter provide answers to these questions? This essay tackles these issues by associating stereotypical representations of Ireland with a selection of photographs taken over the last fifteen years. The photographic series project, entitled ‘Ireland: Inhabited Landscapes’,1 includes a number of diptychs the purpose of which is to illustrate parallelisms and thus serve as an ‘un-framing’ of such representations. ← 143 | 144 →

The Landscape and its Change of Scenery

For the viewer, perception of the landscape occurs straight away, whether it is an urban landscape, a rural one, mountain, seaside or an open landscape. Recognition by the viewer is based on cultural stereotypes, that is to say acquired representations. As far as Ireland is concerned, it is not so much the towns as the country landscapes that attract the traveler2 – the wild and...

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