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Reimagining Irish Studies for the Twenty-First Century


Edited By Eamon Maher and Eugene O'Brien

This landmark collection marks the publication of the 100th book in the Reimagining Ireland series. It attempts to provide a «forward look» (as opposed to what Frank O’Connor once referred to as the « backward look») at what Irish Studies might look like in the third millennium. With a Foreword by Declan Kiberd, it also contains essays by several other leading Irish Studies experts on (among other areas) literature and critical theory, sport, the Irish language, food and beverage studies, cinema, women’s writing, Brexit, religion, Northern Ireland, the legacy of the Great Famine, Ireland in the French imagination, archival research, musicology, and Irish Studies in North America. The book is a tribute to Irish Studies’ foundational commitment to revealing and renewing Irishness within and beyond the national space.

«This engrossing, sharply argued, and diverse collection of essays captures the dynamic nature of Irish Studies as it changes and reformulates itself in response to current but also abiding concerns. The multi-disciplinary interventions in this volume brilliantly succeed in revisiting and interrogating the field of Irish Studies, broadening its ambit, and mapping trajectories for future engagement. This is an insightful and explorative collection that expertly takes stock of Irish Studies whilst driving it forward.» (Anne Fogarty, Professor of James Joyce Studies, University College Dublin)

«From Famine stories to food studies, nineteenth-century travel narratives to contemporary film studies, Fenian invasions to TV stations, the Reimagining Ireland series has pioneered adventurous and enterprising versions and visions of Irish literature, society and culture. This milestone hundredth volume in the series contains essays that reimagine the potential future of Irish Studies in a new century and is remarkable for its diversity, disciplinary range, and dash.» (Joe Cleary, Professor of English, Yale University.)