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Modernity and Postmodernity in a Franco-Irish Context

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Eamon Maher, Grace Neville and Eugene O'Brien

French writers and intellectuals were to the forefront when it came to theorizing the concepts of modernity and postmodernity, and thus such a theme was considered appropriate for this, the second volume in the Studies in Franco-Irish Relations series. The postmodern Irish socio-cultural paradigm is interrogated through the lens of French thought. What is equally interesting is that Irish contexts can also help shed light on the French situation as the processes of secularisation and multicultural diversity, part of the French experience since the 1950s, begin to take root in a society that has become one of the most globalised in the Western world. The interchange and dialogue between the two cultures throws up a panoply of insights that have the capacity to be enriching for both societies.
Contents: Helen Astbury: Prose, Theatre, Translation: Beckett, the reluctant Postmodernist – Fabienne Dabrigeon Garcier : « Short story » et « nouvelle » : les apories du genre court chez Samuel Beckett – Adrian Millar: The Blind-spots of the Postmodernist Project in Ireland: a Lacanian Take – Peter Guy: In the Name of the Father: Lacan’s nom-du-père and the Modern Irish Novel – Mary Pierse: The Poetic Voices of Dennis O’Driscoll and Cathal Ó Searcaigh: In tune with Lyotard? John McDonagh: Entre deux Mers - Strands and Collages in Contemporary Irish Poetry – Joan Dargan: Sand and speed: Traces of French Thought in Paul Muldoon’s New Poetry – Brian Walsh: The Postmodern Epiphany in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney – Eugene O’Brien: Winterwood: A Portrait of the Artist as a Postmodernist Pariah – Paula Murphy: From Ballymun to Brazil: Bolger’s Postmodern Ireland – Sylvie Mikowski: Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy, Céline and Julia Kristeva’s Powers of Horror – Yanne Bévant : L’Irlande entre diversité multiculturelle et affirmation de l’identité nationale : nouvelle problématique, nouveaux enjeux – Jean-Christophe Penet : Nollaig Shona ou Bonne Année ? Pratique catholique et pratique politique en Irland et en France post-/ultra-moderne – Eóin Flannery: The Other Within: Migration, Postcolonialism and Cinema in France and Ireland – Eamon Maher: A Message from France: Jean Sulivan and post-Catholic Ireland.