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Rethinking Occupied Ireland

Gender and Incarceration in Contemporary Irish Film

by Jessica Scarlata

Publication Year: 2013

Focusing on Irish-made films from 1960 to the 1990s, Scarlata considers the many ways in which filmmakers present the country as “occupied.” Exploring Ireland’s past in relation to its present, these films become a mode of postcolonial historiography, and, Scarlata argues, they are an important component in the re-evaluation of what constitutes political cinema and political resistance.

Published by: Syracuse University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii


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pp. xi-xvi

OVER THE COURSE OF WORKING ON THIS BOOK , I have been lucky enough to encounter many people who have freely given their support as friends, family, colleagues, and scholars. Without such generosity, this project would not have been possible. It has been a privilege to...

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pp. 1-31

IN THE COLONIAL PRESENT, Derek Gregory adapts Giorgio Agamben’s theorization of sovereignty and exclusion to the war in Afghanistan. Looking at the suspension of due process and the emergency legislation that legalizes the detention, internment, and rigorous interrogation of people accused of terrorist acts, Gregory makes a powerful case for the...

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1 Into the Quagmire

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pp. 32-88

IN PICTURING DERRY (Dave Fox, 1985), members of a photography collective recall that when they showed their work at an arts college in England, audience members complained that the photographs were too “heavy.” While one of the photographers explains that the collective deliberately...

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2 “Blessed Are Those Who Hunger for Justice”

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pp. 89-138

A 1981 MURAL on Belfast’s Rockmount Street (fig. 3) offers a salient example of the constellation of religious, mythological, and historical symbols deployed in order to rally support and sympathy for Irish republican prisoners on hunger strike in the H-Blocks of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP)...

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3 Body Politics

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pp. 139-200

THE COVER OF LILY FITZSIMONS’S BOOKLET Does Anybody Care? features a stylized image of a woman in a blanket. The woman’s face is drawn with stereotypically feminine features—a small nose, high cheekbones, a prominent mouth—and her loose dark hair flows past her shoulders,...

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4 Washed Away

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pp. 201-249

IN 1940, CHRISTINA MULCAHY gave birth at a home for single mothers run by Catholic nuns. She had gotten pregnant by her boyfriend and would have married him, but the nuns intercepted the couple’s communication. After the birth, Mulcahy tried to return home, but her father barred her from entering the property and sent his daughter—who at age ...

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pp. 250-256

MAYA DERRINGTON’S DOCUMENTARY Pyjama Girls (2010) follows the lives of two Irish teenagers, Lauren and Tara, who, like their peers, choose to wear pajamas as ordinary daytime clothing. The girls live in a public housing estate in Ballyfermot, an “inner-city” suburb...


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pp. 257-264


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pp. 265-266


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pp. 267-274

E-ISBN-13: 9780815652410
E-ISBN-10: 0815652410
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815633327
Print-ISBN-10: 0815633327

Page Count: 296
Illustrations: 10 black and white
Publication Year: 2013