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Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory

Transitions and Transformations


Edited By Marguerite Corporaal, Christopher Cusack and Ruud van den Beuken

Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory presents the latest research from Irish studies scholars across a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, theatre, photography and folklore, and generates new and challenging insights into the dynamics of cultural remembrance in Irish society. Featuring contributions by leading researchers in the field such as Guy Beiner, Graham Dawson and Emilie Pine, this collection demonstrates how the examination of Irish cultural legacies can illuminate our understanding of processes of identity formation, heritage policies, canonization, musealization and the transgenerational and transcultural inflections of the past. Investigating topics such as trauma, contested politics and commemorative practices, and exploring recent theoretical developments, the volume offers an interdisciplinary overview of the recent cross-fertilization between memory studies and Irish studies.

Marguérite Corporaal is Associate Professor in English Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen. She was Principal Investigator for the ERC-funded project Relocated Remembrance: The Great Famine in Irish (Diaspora) Fiction, 1847–1921 (2010–2015) and she is Director of the NWO-funded International Network of Irish Famine Studies (2014–2017).

Christopher Cusack is a PhD candidate at Radboud University Nijmegen and lectures at HAN University of Applied Sciences. He co-edited Recollecting Hunger: An Anthology (2012) and Global Legacies of the Great Irish Famine (2014).

Ruud van den Beuken is a lecturer at the University of Groningen and Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2015, he was awarded the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) New Scholars’ Prize. He co-edited Global Legacies of the Great Irish Famine (2014).