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Reinventing Ireland Through a French Prism

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Eamon Maher, Grace Neville and Eugene O'Brien

Reinventing Ireland Through a French Prism explores concepts of Irish history, literature, culture and social development by subjecting them to a French perspective. Instead of using the monofocal lens that examines the effects of colonisation and postcolonialisation and Ireland’s problematic relationship with Britain, this book analyses Ireland in the context of the role the country has played in the broader European context, with particular reference to France. The book contains contributions in English and French.
Comme le dit Michel Déon dans sa Préface : « Ces deux pays, l’Irlande avec sa diaspora si puissante, la France avec l’étendue des territoires restés francophones, représentent dans le monde actuel deux havres de paix qui ne souffrent d’aucun malentendu historique et ne peuvent que s’enrichir en se parlant, en s’écrivant en s’écoutant. »
Contents: Michel Déon : Préface – Eamon Maher/Grace Neville/Eugene O’Brien : Introduction – Michael Cronin: The Shining Tumultuous River? Irish Perspectives on Europe – Serge Rivière/Jenny O’Connor: The Representation of the Irish cultural landscape in the Journals of Montalembert (1830) and Tocqueville (1835) – Yann Bévant : La 36ème division d’Ulster, un mythe irlandais né en France – Catherine Burke: Bowen’s London as a du Bellian Rome – Louise Fuller: The French Catholic Experience: Irish Connections and Disconnections – Jean Brihault: Lady Morgan: Building Bridges – Anne Markey: French culture and Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales: an unexplored interlink with neglected works of art – Mary Pierse: George Moore and ‘le moment célibataire’ – Brigitte Le Juez : « A l’instar du grand Gustave... » et à l’encontre des psittacidés : Beckett héritier de Flaubert – John McDonagh: «Tore down à la Rimbaud»: Brendan Kennelly and the French Connection – Sarah Nolan: Modern Living, Modern Loving - Baudelaire and Sirr – Sylvie Mikowski: The Barracks de John McGahern et Flaubert – Raymond Mullen: «The womb and the grave»: Living, Loving and Dying in John McGahern’s The Pornographer and Albert Camus’ L’Étranger – Eamon Maher: John Broderick (1924-89) and the French ‘Roman Catholique’ – Joan Dargan: From «Omphalos» to «Testimonies»: France in the Works of Seamus Heaney – Eugene O’Brien : Vivre la différ[a]ence : French and Irish Republicanism - towards a deconstructive intertextual critique – Paula Murphy: French Theory and Irish Theatre on the Hinterland of Modernity – Emilie Bordenave : Nicolas Bouvier : un regard « français » sur les îles d’Aran – Philip Dine: Tackling Les Diables Verts: French Writers on Irish Rugby.