Routledge International Handbook of Irish Studies begins with the reversal in Irish fortunes after the 2008 global economic crash. The chapters included address not only changes in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland but also changes in disciplinary approaches to Irish Studies that the last decade of political, economic, and cultural unrest have stimulated.
Since 2008, Irish Studies has been directly and indirectly influenced by the crash and its reverberations through the economy, political landscape, and social framework of Ireland and beyond. Approaching Irish pasts, presents, and futures through interdisciplinary and theoretically capacious lenses, the chapters in this volume reflect the myriad ways Irish Studies has responded to the economic precarity in the Republic, renewed instability in the North, the complex European politics of Brexit, global climate and pandemic crises, and the intense social change in Ireland catalyzed by all of these.
Just as Irish society has had to dramatically reconceive its economic and global identity after the crash, Irish Studies has had to shift its theoretical modes and its objects of analysis in order to keep pace with these changes and upheavals. This book captures the dynamic ways the discipline has evolved since 2008, exploring how the age of austerity and renewal has transformed both Ireland and scholarly approaches to understanding Ireland. It will appeal to students and scholars of Irish studies, sociology, cultural studies, history, literature, economics, and political science.
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Table of Contents
Part I: OVERVIEW
- Introduction: Irish Studies from austerity to pandemic
RenÃ©e Fox, Mike Cronin, and Brian Ã“ Conchubhair
- Towards a history of Irish Studies in the United States
- Irish Studies in the non-Anglophone world
- Irish Historical Studies Avant la Lettre: the antiquarian genealogy of interdisciplinary scholarship
- Separate and together: state histories in the twentieth century
Timothy G. McMahon
- Beyond the tale: folkloristics and folklore studies
- The Irish Language and the GaeltachtaÃ: illiberalism and neoliberalism
Brian Ã“ Conchubhair
- The great normalisation: success, failure and change in contemporary Ireland
- Northern Ireland: more shared and more divided
Dominic Bryan and Gordon Gillespie
- Connections and capital: the diaspora and Irelandâ€™s global networks
- Irish Britain
Mary J. Hickman
- Ireland Inc.
Diane Negra and Anthony P. McIntyre
- Ireland, Europe, and Brexit
- Digital Ireland: leprechaun economics, Silicon Docks, and crisis
- Immigration and citizenship
- The "new Irish" neighborhood: race and succession in Ireland and Irish America
Sarah L. Townsend
- Gender and Irish Studies: 2008 to the present
- Queering, querying Irish Studies
- The Catholic Church in Irish Studies
Oliver P. Rafferty
- Reading outside the lines: imagining new histories of Irish fiction
- Lyric narratives: the experimental aesthetics of Irish poetry
- The crisis and what comes after: post-Celtic Tiger theatre in a new Irish paradigm
- Material and visual culture in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
- "Mise Ã‰ire": (re)imaginings in Irish Music Studies
MÃ©abh NÃ FhuarthÃ¡in
- Sport and Irishness in a new millennium
Part II: HISTORICIZING IRELAND
Part III: GLOBAL IRELAND
Part IV: IDENTITIES
Part V: CULTURE
Part VI: THEORIZING
27. Environmentalities: speculative imaginaries of the Anthropocene
28. Irish animal studies at the turn of the twenty-first century
29. Contemporary Irish Studies and the impact of disability
30. Irish media and representations: new critical paradigms
31. Totem and Taboo in Tipperary? Irish shame and neoliberal crisis in Donal Ryanâ€™s The Spinning Heart
Part VII: LEGACY
32. Trauma and recovery in the Post-Celtic Tiger Period: recuperating the parent-child bond in contemporary Irish fiction
33. Abused Ireland: psychoanalyzing the enigma of sexual innocence
Margot Gayle Backus and Joseph Valente
34. Surplus to requirements? the ageing body in contemporary Irish writing
Magaret Oâ€™Neill and Michaela Schrage-FrÃ¼h
35. From Full Irish to FREESPACE: Irish architecture in the twenty-first century
36. Repackaging history and mobilizing Easter 1916: commemorations in a time of downturn and austerity
37. An ordinary crisis: SARS-CoV-2 and Irish Studies
RenÃ©e Fox is Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Co-Director of the Dickens Project, an international research consortium headquartered there. She is completing a book entitled Necromantic Victorians: Reanimation and the Historical Imagination in British and Irish Literature, and her published work has appeared in Victorian Studies, Victorian Poetry, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, New Hibernia Review, and several collections and critical editions. ã€€
Mike Cronin is the Academic Director of Boston College in Ireland. He has published widely on aspects of Irish history and in particular the sporting and social history of Ireland. He is the director of the government sponsored project, Century Ireland, which is a partnership with RTÃ‰ and the national cultural institutions and is the digital repository for the history of Ireland in the 1913â€“23 period.
Brian Ã“ Conchubhair is Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also a Fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He is a former president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and has published widely on various aspects of the intersections of Irish language culture and literature with modernity.
"The Routledge International Handbook of Irish Studies and The New Irish Studies do indeed call up limits, but they also make time in particular ways, carving out their own chronologies and shaping history on unexpected scales. In the process, they enlist to their aid not only novels but poems, plays, historical events, performances, paintings, media, sport, buildings, music, animals, sexualities, emotions, environments and disabilities."
Prof Claire Connolly, Book Review in Irish Times, May 29, 2021.
"Up-to-the-minute history rarely works, but this impressive collection is a valuable exception. Indeed, it is its very determination not only to capture but also to focus on the most recent developments both in Ireland and in Irish studies that makes this collection both a success and also a valuable corrective to the somewhat repetitive â€˜deep historyâ€™ approach to Irish history. Indeed, this range offers a strong model for comparable work on other areas. The collection is to be welcomed, and hopefully will encourage much debate including over methodology."
Jeremy Black, Journal of European Studies 51(2)