1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Irish Studies

ISBN 9780367259136
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
518 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Chapter 3, 5 and 15 of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction: Irish Studies from austerity to pandemic
    Renée Fox, Mike Cronin, and Brian Ó Conchubhair
  2. Towards a history of Irish Studies in the United States
    John Waters
  3. Irish Studies in the non-Anglophone world
    Michael Cronin

  5. Irish Historical Studies Avant la Lettre: the antiquarian genealogy of interdisciplinary scholarship
    Guy Beiner
  6. Separate and together: state histories in the twentieth century
    Timothy G. McMahon
  7. Beyond the tale: folkloristics and folklore studies
    Kelly Fitzgerald
  8. The Irish Language and the Gaeltachtaí: illiberalism and neoliberalism
    Brian Ó Conchubhair
  9. The great normalisation: success, failure and change in contemporary Ireland
    Eoin O’Malley
  10. Northern Ireland: more shared and more divided
    Dominic Bryan and Gordon Gillespie

  12. Connections and capital: the diaspora and Ireland’s global networks
    Mike Cronin
  13. Irish-America
    Liam Kennedy
  14. Irish Britain
    Mary J. Hickman
  15. Ireland Inc.
    Diane Negra and Anthony P. McIntyre
  16. Ireland, Europe, and Brexit
    Martina Lawless
  17. Digital Ireland: leprechaun economics, Silicon Docks, and crisis
    Kylie Jarrett

  19. Immigration and citizenship
    Lucy Michael
  20. The "new Irish" neighborhood: race and succession in Ireland and Irish America
    Sarah L. Townsend
  21. Gender and Irish Studies: 2008 to the present
    Claire Bracken
  22. Queering, querying Irish Studies
    Ed Madden
  23. The Catholic Church in Irish Studies
    Oliver P. Rafferty
  24. Part V: CULTURE

  25. Reading outside the lines: imagining new histories of Irish fiction
    Renée Fox
  26. Lyric narratives: the experimental aesthetics of Irish poetry
    Eric Falci
  27. The crisis and what comes after: post-Celtic Tiger theatre in a new Irish paradigm
    Laura Farrell-Wortman
  28. Material and visual culture in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
    Kelly Sullivan
  29. "Mise Éire": (re)imaginings in Irish Music Studies
    Méabh Ní Fhuartháin
  30. Sport and Irishness in a new millennium
    Paul Rouse


 27. Environmentalities: speculative imaginaries of the Anthropocene
        Nessa Cronin

 28. Irish animal studies at the turn of the twenty-first century
       Maureen O’Connor

 29. Contemporary Irish Studies and the impact of disability
       Elizabeth Grubgeld

 30. Irish media and representations: new critical paradigms
       Emma Radley

 31. Totem and Taboo in Tipperary? Irish shame and neoliberal crisis in Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart
      Seán Kennedy

    Part VII: LEGACY

 32. Trauma and recovery in the Post-Celtic Tiger Period: recuperating the parent-child bond in contemporary Irish fiction
       Kathleen Costello-Sullivan

 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 O’Neill and Michaela Schrage-Früh

 35. From Full Irish to FREESPACE: Irish architecture in the twenty-first century 
      Brian Ward

 36. Repackaging history and mobilizing Easter 1916: commemorations in a time of downturn and austerity
      Mike Cronin

 37. An ordinary crisis: SARS-CoV-2 and Irish Studies
Malcolm Sen

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Renée 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.  

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 RTÉ and the national cultural institutions and is the digital repository for the history of Ireland in the 1913–23 period.

Brian Ó 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 ConnollyBook 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 ‘deep history’ 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)