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Non-Violent Resistance

Counter-Discourse in Irish Culture


Edited By Agnès Maillot and Jennifer Bruen

Counter-discourses express new and alternative views of the world, in contrast with more established discourses which embody mainstream values, norms, beliefs and attitudes. The essays in this volume assess the role of counter-discourses as non-violent forms of resistance to the status quo in core domains of Irish social, cultural and political life. These domains encompass the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process; law enforcement, policing and surveillance; parliamentary debate and obstructionism; identity formation, marriage, divorce and the family; and institutional abuse, authoritarianism and the Catholic Church. The discourses are drawn from a diverse range of media including political and parliamentary speeches, ethnographic accounts, social media, short stories, song lyrics, poetry and novels, including those written for young adults. The essays highlight the power and significance of counter-discourses as vehicles of independent thought, capable of both reflecting and driving social and political change.

CONTENTS: Jennifer Bruen: Introduction: Counter-Discourses, Counter Arguments, and New Paradigms – Emilie Berthillot: Police Informers and Spies versus Irish Violent Agrarian Societies: A Non-Violent Secret Alternative to Rebellion – Pauline Collombier-Lakeman «A Calculated Instrument of Reprisal»: Irish Parliamentary Obstructionism (1874–1887) – Åke Persson «Mixed-Up Mess of a Botched Family»: Re-Locating «The Family» in Siobhán Parkinson’s Teen Novel Sisters … No Way! – Jan Freytag: Counter-Discourse as Dialogue Invitation: Reappraising Archbishop Ó Fiaich’s «Slums of Calcutta» Speech – Magali Dexpert: Counter-Discourse and Irreverence in a Context of Political Reconciliation: The Example of Ian Paisley and the DUP – José Manuel Estévez-Saá: A Study of Mary O’Donnell’s «Storm over Belfast» and Where They Lie from the Perspective of Classic and Pluralistic Trauma Discourses – Stéphanie Schwerter: Counter-Discourse and Political Violence: Belfast in ’71 and A Belfast Story – Catherine Maignant: Irish Dissenting Priests and the Renewal of the Church (Perhaps) – Nathalie Sebbane: Counter Hegemonic Discourses on Institutional Abuse in Ireland – Mel Duffy: Emerging, Submerging Lesbians in Ireland – Marion Naugrette-Fournier: «Resistance Days»: From Dark Interiors of Resistance to the Disobedient Resistance of Raw Materials in Derek Mahon’s Poetry – Jeanne-Marie Carton-Charon: Christy Moore on Stage: Loss, Echoes and Movement – Pádraig Ó Liatháin: Dialogues des Morts: A Subversive Representation of Hades in an Eighteenth-Century Irish Manuscript.