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- ItemMaria Edgeworth: Women, Enlightenment and Nation(University College Dublin Press, 2005-09) Ó Gallchoir, ClíonaThis innovative book reassess the place of Maria Edgeworth within the Irish literary canon by illuminating the connections between her views on gender and her construction of Ireland, beginning in the revolutionary decade of the 1790s and ending in the aftermath of Catholic emancipation and parliamentary reform. O Gallchoir addresses the full scope of Edgeworth's writing, creating a context within which Edgeworth's Irish novels can be read alongside tales and novels set in England and France: undervalued texts are recovered and better-known ones are shown in a new light. Edgeworth's commitment to the values of the Enlightenment is explored in the context of her indebtedness to the work of French women writers and her sophisticated awareness of the precarious position of the woman writer in society.
- ItemCommemoration(Cork University Press, 2018-02) Laird, HeatherWritten during Ireland's decade of centenaries, Commemoration draws on the aims of the Síreacht series to re-imagine commemoration. A commemoration process that is shaped by a desire to re-invigorate the social imagination and encourage speculation on alternatives to current orthodoxies considers not only what happened in the past, but what else might conceivably have happened. By acknowledging the existence of historical alternatives at a given moment in time, we can access that moment's contingencies. These unrealised yet fully realisable past futures are especially numerous during periods of potent possibility; points in time when the future seems particularly open to being shaped by those living in the present. The book proposes ways that we can both make the roads untaken in history visible and 'remember' them. It links the untaken roads of the past to side-branching roads in the present: real possible alternatives to dominant ways of thinking and being, outlining commemorative practices that could connect these two sets of roads. Commemoration − while referring to history, literature, television drama and documentary, economics, politics, law and art − is grounded in concepts and practices of land and property occupancy and usage. That said, the ideas that it explores are relevant to the broader set of struggles concerning collective welfare that impel the Síreacht series. In keeping with series's utopian-inflected subtitle, 'Longings for Another Ireland', the book proposes that a commemoration process which recognises that the past could have been other than it was and that it could have given rise to other possible futures can assist us in the difficult but necessary process of imagining our future as both different to and better than the here and now.
- ItemSubversive law in Ireland, 1879-1920: From 'unwritten law' to the Dáil courts(Four Courts Press, 2005) Laird, Heather; National University of IrelandSubversive Law in Ireland, 1879-1920 is an important contribution to a neglected topic in Irish literary and cultural history – the modes of protest and cultural forms available to the subaltern classes under landlordism. In this publication, Heather Laird demonstrates that the so-called unwritten 'agrarian code' of popular justice, though often depicted in political and fictional writings as anarchic and pathological, was pro-social as opposed to anti-social, emanating from an alternative moral code whose very existence undermined the legitimacy of the colonial civil law. The book explores this clash in legal systems and the resulting crisis in law administration.
- ItemThe Vikings in Munster(Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, University of Nottingham, 2014) Birkett, Thomas; Birkett, Thomas; Lee, Christina; Arts and Humanities Research Council