Ireland Beyond Boundaries provides an authoritative, up-to-date account of the development of Irish Studies over the past two decades. The fourteen contributors examine some of the key debates that have underpinned recent scholarship and analyse critical concerns that have shaped the subject's remarkable growth. The book is divided into two parts. Part One traces the institutional fortunes of Irish Studies in Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia and Britain. Part Two features in-depth critical accounts of specific trends and themes within Irish historiography, literary criticism, religion, migration, music, cultural geography, sport and media culture. Throughout the collection there is a recurring engagement with the role of interdisciplinary approaches within Irish Studies and its impact on teaching and research. Combining synoptic overviews with informed analyses, Ireland Beyond Boundaries is an essential text for all those working in the field.
Dr Liam Harte is Senior Lecturer in Irish studies at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill. He has published several books on modern Irish literature, and is the co-author of a best-selling study, Drawing Conclusions: A Cartoon History ofAnglo-Irish Relations, 1798-1998 (Blackstaff) Yvonne Whelan is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Bristol. She is the author of Reinventing Modern Dublin: Streetscape, Iconography and the Politics of Identity (UCD Press, 2003) and co-editor of Ireland: Space, Text, Time (Liffey, 2005).
Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction: where Irish Studies is bound Liam Harte Part I: Irish Studies in Practice 1 Changing transatlantic contexts and contours: Irish Studies in the United States Christina Hunt Mahony 2 Re-configuring Irish Studies in Canada: writing back to the centre Michael Kenneally 3 10,000 miles away: Irish Studies Down Under Elizabeth Malcolm 4 'Our revels now are ended': Irish Studies in Britain - origins and aftermath Shaun Richards 5 Teaching Irish Studies in Ireland: after the end Michael Brown Part II: Irish Studies in Critical Perspective 6 The intellectual and the state: Irish criticism since 1980 Conor McCarthy 7 Forty shades of grey?: Irish historiography and the challenges of multidisciplinarity Mary E. Daly 8 The religious field in contemporary Ireland: identity, being religious and symbolic domination Tom Inglis 9 'A decent girl well worth helping': women, migration and unwanted pregnancy Louise Ryan 10 Beating the bounds: mapping an Irish mediascape Lance Pettitt 11 Placing geography in Irish Studies: symbolic landscapes of spectacle and memory Yvonne Whelan and Liam Harte 12 Listening to the future: music and Irish Studies Gerry Smyth 13 Beyond sectarianism: sport and Irish culture Mike Cronin Bibliography Index