Identity, Theory, Culture
By (author) Colin Graham
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Deconstructing Ireland by Colin Graham
Book Description"Deconstructing Ireland" examines the course by which the history of modernity and colonialism has constructed an idea of "Ireland", produced more often as a citation than an actuality. The author's approach - using Derridean deconstruction in alliance with positions in postcolonial and subaltern studies - illuminates the way in which this concept of the nation plays across discourses of authenticity, fiction and fantasy in a fascinating range of material. Successive chapters examine the utopian musings of Ignatius Donnelly, John Mitchel and Sean Hillen; the continuing reinvention of Irish criticism; the relation of the figure of the intellectual-artist and the "people" in James Joyce; the tension between postcolonialism and nationalism in the Field Day project and the political thought of John Hume and Richard Kearney; the relation of gender and nation in stories by Gerry Adams and Frank Delaney; the complex appeal to authenticity in political philosophy, tourism and advertising; and the resonant cultural meanings of "Irish" ephemera and kitsch.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748609758
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A collection of essays that seeks to present Ireland's relationship to visual culture as a whole. It examines the politics of visual representation from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
John Duncan, Hardback (July 2008)
Documents a long-standing tradition of bonfire building by Protestant communities in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The bonfires are built in preparation for annual 11th July celebrations, which commemorate the defeat of James Stuart at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
Ireland and Cultural Theory, Paperback (December 1998)» View all books by Colin Graham
This collection offers an assessment of how theoretical readings of Ireland and Irish culture have begun to question the grounds of debate in Irish studies. The concept of the "authentic" in Irish culture is explored, with analyses of film, television, literature, and emigration.
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Author Biography - Colin Graham
Colin Graham is lecturer in the School of English at Queen's University, Belfast.
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