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Ireland in Focus
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From an analysis of the Guinness brand’s reflection of Irish identity to an exploration of murals and film portrayals of political prisoners, this pioneering collection of essays seeks to present Ireland’s relationship to visual culture as a whole. While other works have explored the imagistic history of Ireland, most have restricted their lens to a single form of visual representation. Ireland in Focus is the first book to address the diverse range of visual representations of national and communal identity in Ireland. The contributors examine the politics of visual representation from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Drawing from the areas of cultural theory, postcolonial studies, art criticism, documentary and archival history, and gender studies, the essays provide novel insights on a variety of visual-cultural forms, including film, theater, photography, landscape art, political murals, and the visual iconography of commercial marketing. Bringing together established scholars and emerging young critics in the field, Ireland in Focus breaks new ground in showcasing the essential dynamism of visual culture and its relationship to Irish studies

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xix-xxi
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  1. Part One - Film
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. The Whole Picture: The Dawn (1936)—Tom Cooper
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. 2. The Amharc Éireann Early Documentary Film Series: Milled Peat, Music, and Mná Spéire
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 3. Cold, Hungry, and Scared: Prison Films about the “Troubles”
  2. pp. 35-53
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  1. 4. True Grit: The Evolution of Feature-Length Irish Films in the 1990s
  2. pp. 54-67
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  1. Part Two - Photography
  2. p. 69
  1. 5. Images of Ardnacrusha: Photography, Electrical Technology, and Modernity in the Irish Free State
  2. pp. 71-85
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  1. 6. Moments of Story: Rachel Giese’s The Donegal Pictures
  2. pp. 86-106
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  1. 7. Photography and Nostalgia in Christina Reid’s The Belle of the Belfast City
  2. pp. 107-122
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  1. Part Three - Popular Culture
  2. p. 123
  1. 8. The Art of Resistance: Visual Iconography and the Northern “Troubles”
  2. pp. 125-143
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  1. 9. “Colleens and Comely Maidens”: Representing and Performing Irish Femininity in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  2. pp. 144-165
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  1. 10. Tá Siad ag Teacht: Guinness as a Signifier of Irish Cultural Transformation
  2. pp. 166-183
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 187-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-207
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