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    Racializing the Irish: the discursive production of race and nation by the young Ireland movement
    (Taylor & Francis, 2024-04-08) Molloy, Edward; Irish Research Council
    This essay will analyse the ways in which definitions of race in nineteenth-century Ireland were not only, nor simply set by British colonizers, but rather were produced and determined by Irish people themselves. This long history of Irish engagement with concepts of race shaped how the Young Ireland movement understood how the Irish nation was (racially) constituted. Additionally, the multi-racial history of the Irish nation inflected Young Ireland's understanding of how history structured the construction of an Irish nationality. This paper then will show how the Young Irelanders understood race and, more particularly, how they recognized themselves as racialized subjects. Their own adoption of a racialized Irishness was important to their vision for Ireland's revolutionary future. Placing race centrally within the writings of Young Ireland, highlighting its essential role in a historical account of Irish nationality, this essay will thereby cast new light on the difficulties inherent in Young Ireland's nationalist project. In particular, it will underscore the anxieties experienced by Young Ireland about the potential impossibility of the nationalist project with reference to its production and experience of racialized but ambiguous subject positions.
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    Shakespeare and early modern Europe: A critical survey
    (Routledge, 2018-02-12) Semple, Edel; Vyroubalová, Ema; Wood, Nigel
    This survey examines the history of criticism on Shakespeare and early modern Europe. With major sociopolitical European events in mind, the article reviews scholarship on this topic from the early twentieth century to the present day. Particular emphasis is placed on studies of Shakespeare’s own treatment of European characters and settings. The related topics of the changing meaning of “Europe” of Shakespeare’s European afterlives are also briefly discussed.
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    'Soul and Body' texts and the structure of the Vercelli Book
    (Herder - Editrice E Libreria, 2011) Ó Carragáin, Éamonn
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    ‘So am I detached / From the fabric which claims me’ Women, fabric, and poetry
    (EFACIS, the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies; KU Leuven, 2018-03-19) Coughlan, Patricia
    Women are immemorially associated with fabric, an association both metaphorical and metonymic, and one widespread in myth, legend and folklore. Spinning and weaving are bound up with women and femininity in fundamental ways, entwining socio-economic histories with deep and persistent trans-cultural symbolic and ideological systems. Women spinning or weaving are figures for both death and birth, and ancient equivalences represent gestation itself as a process of weaving. Drawing on Bracha Ettinger’s revisionary theorizing of maternal subjectivity as both seamless and a paradigm for human creativity, this article teases out significant strands in the representation by contemporary poets Boland, McGuckian, and Ní Chuilleanáin of the women-fabric association and its meanings. If there is a powerful cultural given that women in some sense are fabric, that which has been woven, these three poets have fabricated powerful and various accounts of the different proposition that women are agents of their own weaving, in McGuckian’s words both ‘detached’ and constituting ‘the fabric which claims’ them.