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France and Ireland in the Public Imagination


Edited By Benjamin Keatinge and Mary Pierse

This engaging collection of essays considers the cultural complexities of the Franco-Irish relationship in song and story, image and cuisine, novels, paintings and poetry. It casts a fresh eye on public perceptions of the historic bonds between Ireland and France, revealing a rich variety of contact and influence. Controversy is not shirked, whether on the subject of Irish economic decline or reflecting on prominent, contentious personalities such as Ian Paisley and Michel Houellebecq. Contrasting ideas of the popular and the intellectual emerge in a study of Brendan Kennelly; recent Irish tribunals are analysed in the light of French cultural theory; and familiar renditions of Franco-Irish links are re-evaluated against the evidence of newspaper and journal accounts.
Drawing on the disciplines of history, art, economics and literature, and dipping into the good wines of France and Ireland, the book paints a fascinating picture of the relationship between the two countries over three dramatic centuries.
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MICHEL BRUNET is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis, France. A graduate of the Universities of Paris and Lille, he wrote his doctoral thesis on William Trevor’s short stories. His main areas of research lie in Irish literature, with a particular focus on Anglo-Irish writing. He also has a strong interest in Irish minorities and issues related to identity. His forthcoming publications include essays on George Moore and on contemporary Irish fiction.

DOROTHY CASHMAN is currently researching Irish culinary manuscripts and the culinary traditions of the landed estates and great houses of Ireland. She has presented papers at the inaugural Dublin Gastronomy Symposium on Dean Swift and the relationship with French culinary influence in Georgian Ireland, and to the Irish Georgian Society and the National Library of Ireland on researching the culinary manuscripts in the National Library’s collection. This continuing research is supported by research funding from Fáilte Ireland.

KARINE DESLANDES is a lecturer in French at the University of Buckingham. After a Master’s Degree by Research in Irish Studies at the University of La Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, she was awarded a PhD by the University of Ulster for her thesis on the reporting of the Northern Ireland Troubles in the French press. Author of Regards français sur le conflit nord-irlandais (in the series Studies in Franco-Irish Relations, Peter Lang, 2013), her ongoing research interest lies in Franco-Irish/British relations.

CONOR FARNAN completed his...

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