Changes in Contemporary Ireland: Texts and Contexts

Changes in Contemporary Ireland: Texts and Contexts

by Catherine Rees (Editor)


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This volume explores the cultural, literary, theatrical, and political changes in Irish society from 1980. The so-called 'Celtic Tiger' brought about cultural and economic rejuvenation in Ireland but this new found confidence and prosperity was destabilised by other events, such as the scandals in the Catholic Church, bringing into question the role of traditional institutions in contemporary Irish life. The ending of the Troubles and signing of the Good Friday Agreement similarly heralded a new era in terms of positive political change, but recent paramilitary activity threatens to undermine the progress made in the 1990s, as waves of new violence hit the North. Equally, recent economic recession has halted the radical growth seen in the Republic over recent decades. This book therefore problematises the concept of change and progress by juxtaposing these events, and asking what real changes can be traced in modern Ireland. The contributors frequently reflect on the changes and upheavals this period of dramatic economic, political and cultural change has prompted. The volume includes contributions from the fields of politics, cultural studies, sport, history, geography, media and film studies, and theatre and literature. As such it is a decidedly interdisciplinary study, exploring wide-ranging topics and issues relevant to contemporary Irish Studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443844727
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Catherine Rees is a Lecturer in Drama at Loughborough University. She has a wide interest in all areas of Irish Studies, focusing primarily on Irish theatre, the subject of her doctoral thesis being playwright Martin Mc Donagh. She has published widely on his work and has recently edited a new edition of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. She has also published on other areas of Irish national identity and theatre. She is interested in the study of trauma and postmodernity, and has also published in other areas of contemporary British theatre, namely on the work of Sarah Kane and Harold Pinter.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

List of Tables ix

Acknowledgements x

Introduction Catherine Rees 1

Part I Landscape, Memory and Religion

Chapter 1 The Casey Effect: The Collapse of Catholicism in Ireland Peter Guy 18

Chapter 2 Belfast Renewed: A Sign of Change? Joana Etchart 32

Chapter 3 "I Could Not Tell": The Representation of Memory and Trauma in Contemporary Northern Irish Culture Shane Alcobia-Murphy 51

Part II Lifestyle and Entertainment

Chapter 4 Guinness Go Leor: Irish Pubs and the Diaspora Kathleen Heininge 68

Chapter 5 Sport, Culture and Identity David Storey 80

Chapter 6 Following in the Footsteps of John Hewitt: Association Football in Northern Ireland and the Search for an Inclusive Identity Alan Bairner 96

Part III Media and Film

Chapter 7 "It's in Belgium": Locating Ireland In Bruges Sarah Martindale Catherine Rees 114

Chapter 8 Communicating Difference and Deviance: Ethnic Minorities on Irish Current Affairs Television Sharon Leahy 131

Chapter 9 Éirígí: Changing Narratives in Irish Republican Activism Robert Busby Paddy Hoey 146

Chapter 10 Public Grief in Contemporary Mediatised Ireland Fiona Fearon 159

Chapter 11 Re-Envisioning the Troubles: Northern Irish Film in Transition, 1990-2010 Fiona Coffey 175

Part IV Drama and Literature

Chapter 12 Performing Nationhood in Mac Intyre's Only an Apple: A Paleo-Postmodern Reading Catriona Ryan 190

Chapter 13 Irish Writers and the Female Double: Some Perspectives on Exemplary Doppelgängerinen in the Work of Anne Enright and Marina Carr Cary A. Shay 204

Chapter 14 "The Kings of Odd": Farce and Depleted Masculinities in Martin McDonagh 's The Lonesome West Eamonn Jordan 218

Contributors 235

Index 239

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