A group for people interested in all aspects of Irish literature, music, and culture.
This chapter examines the portrayal of Ireland’s mother-and-baby homes in Stephen Frear’s film Philomena (2013) and the biography on which the film is based, the British journalist Martin Sixsmith’s account of Philomena Lee’s life and search for her son, who was given up to an American couple for adoption under coercive circumstances. Enforced a…[Read more]
Edmundo Murray deposited The Irish Road to South America: Nineteenth-Century Travel Patterns from Ireland to the Río de la Plata region in the group Irish Literature and Culture on Humanities Commons 1 year ago
Nineteenth-century Irish emigration to Argentina has been studied from different perspectives. There is a growing number of historical, demographic and cultural studies focusing on diverse aspects of this migration, which together with Quebec and Mexican Texas, produced the only Irish settlements in non English-speaking territories. However, with…[Read more]
According to Declan Kiberd, “postcolonial writing does not begin only when the occupier withdraws: rather it is initiated at that very moment when a native writer formulates a text committed to cultural resistance.” The Irish in Latin America –a continent emerging from indigenous cultures, colonisation, and migrations– may be regarded as…[Read more]
Announcing a reading group on the limits of the novel
June 6 – August 29
I’d like to invite everyone to an online reading group on Finnegans Wake and Arno Schmidt’s novel Bottom’s Dream. We’ll be focusing on the way both books threaten the narrative of the traditional novel by privileging language, scholarly apparatus, and other material. T…[Read more]
Assembled cigar box fiddle. Fiddlin’ John Hutchison learned to play on a fiddle made from an Old Virginia Cheroots Tobacco box. In a taped interview he calls it a “cigar box.”
The label is under the soundboard. Fiddlin’ John Hutchison learned to play on a fiddle made from an Old Virginia Cheroots Tobacco box. In a taped interview he calls it a “cigar box.”
Through a critical redefinition of the term ‘postmemory and the introduction of the corresponding term ‘prememory’, two different directions are proposed for advancing the historical study of memory in Ireland and beyond: Regenerative prememory and postmemory, which broadly surveys cycles of remembrance that range over extended periods of time.…[Read more]
On the face of it, the legacy of the 1798 rebellion in the northeastern Irish counties of Antrim and Down seems to be a paradigmatic case of “collective amnesia.” Over the course of the long nineteenth century, growing identification of the Protestants of the area with unionism, loyalism and Orangeism, fortified through opposition to the rise of…[Read more]
Anna E. Kijas deposited (MLA) Providing Open Access to Irish Music: The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music at Boston College in the group Irish Literature and Culture on Humanities Commons 3 years, 4 months ago
In this presentation, we provide an overview of the contents and development of The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, a recently-launched open access collection of over 330 tunes and songs. The audio, sheet music, stories, and essays can be viewed and/or listened to on mobile devices, tablets, and computers. Through Omeka and SoundCloud,…[Read more]
Hi all! Fordham’s Institute of Irish Studies is arranging an Irish Studies get-together during MLA this year! We will be meeting at The Irish Pub, January 6th, from 8-11 P.M.! Hope to see you there!
In addition to showing how politically oriented Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds remains despite its playful exterior, this essay constitutes an extended reflection on issues of power and agency within the postcolonial Irish context. It demonstrates that Irish identity is constructed and controlled via a god-like architecture of temporal and dis…[Read more]
April 13th would have been Seamus Heaney’s 78th birthday. I wonder if any Humanities Commons users have scholarship or teaching materials on Heaney that they’d like to share in the repository for others to use?