Description Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture de Wanda Balzano:
This groundbreaking collection is a timely intervention in the field of Irish Studies. The collection interrogates the conflicts and coincidences of the postcolonial, the postmodern and the global at a critical juncture in public and intellectual debates on the boundaries of 'Irishness', and at a time of unprecedented change in Irish cultural, social and economic life. Irish postmodernisms and contemporary popular culture are often invoked in critical and public discussions as negative and corrosive spaces- in this collection, the contributors re-examine such valuations, making use of critical feminist, racial, queer, psychoanalytic and postcolonial frameworks in their analyses of Irish 'postmodernity' in the era of globalization. Considering local and global, 'traditional' and emergent 'Irishness' side by side, the collection redefines the ways in which popular culture in Ireland as well as Ireland in popular culture, are understood. From Fanfic to Orange Parades, from Boy bands to the Blessed Virgin Mary, from Celebrity Tourism to the Gaelic Athletics Association, the essays reconsider conventional notions of 'Irish identity', while exploring uncharted modes of Irish cultural production and establishing new directions for Irish Cultural Studies.
WANDA BALZANO is Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Wake Forest University, USA. She has published essays on Beckett, Joyce, Irish women's writing in theory, religion, art, and film, and she has co-edited the special issue of The Irish Review on 'Feminisms'. ANNE MULHALL is AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Women in Irish Culture Project, based at University College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Her research focuses on critical theory, particularly feminist and queer theory, popular culture, women's writing in Ireland, and seventeenth-century literature and culture. MOYNAGH SULLIVAN is Lecturer in the Department of English, National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth, Republic of Ireland. She has published a number of articles on gender, women's writing and Irish studies, and is co-editor of the special issue of The Irish Review on 'Feminisms', Facing the Other: Interdisciplinary Studies on Race, Gender and Social Justice in Ireland.