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Viewpoints

Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts

Bracken,Claire

Publication Year: 2013

Over the last twenty years, Ireland has undergone significant transformation and, as a consequence, notions of Irish identity and nationality have been in constant flux. For this reason, it is a timely moment to consider visual representations, both past and present, of Irish cultural life, and contribute to conversations about questions such as: What kind of iconic currencies does Ireland have? How should we see them? Are there specific ideological frameworks operating when we imagine Ireland? Can we imagine Irishness differently?

Published by: Cork University Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

CONTENTS

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pp. 8-9

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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pp. ix-x

CONTRIBUTORS

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pp. xi-xvi

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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pp. xvii-xviii

A huge thanks to all our contributors for their dedication, patience and intellectual vigour. We are proud of this book because of their wonderful and dynamic essays. In addition, we are grateful to all at ...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-10

In 2010, Discover Ireland launched a new campaign aimed at the home market, focused on repackaging and remarketing Ireland as an attractive destination for those forced (by economic necessity or ...

DISCOURSE

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p. 11-11

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Chapter One - TERRA INFIRMA: THE TERRITORY OF THE VISIBLE AND THEWRITING OF IRELAND’S VISUAL CULTURE

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pp. 13-28

In this essay, I want to address something of the anxiety surrounding the visual in Irish cultural production. This apprehension towards how to attend to the arena of the visual ap pears to ...

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Chapter Two - WORLD-MAKING IN THADDEUS O’SULLIVAN’S THEWOMANWHO MARRIED CLARK GABLE

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pp. 29-41

Although Irish film has been the subject of over a dozen books and a great many articles, and although The Woman Who Married Clark Gable (1985) was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best ...

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Chapter Three - THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL NARRATIVE SHIFT BETWEEN LENNY ABRAHAMSON’S ADAM AND PAUL AND GARAGE

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pp. 42-57

Iwould like to narrate, here, a brief anecdote of coincidence that I believe relevant to what I discuss below. Travelling by train recently in Belgium, I was reflecting on the interesting historical, ...

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Chapter Four - FASCINATING STATES:1 SCREENING NORTHERN IRELAND

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pp. 58-72

If the degree of fascination with a nation can be gauged by the number of films produced about it, Northern Ireland has emerged, in the last twenty years, as an exceedingly fascinating ...

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Chapter Five - FINDING A VOICE: IRISH-LANGUAGE FILM IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

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pp. 73-89

Film and television as Gaeilge has benefited from growing theoretical and critical attention over the past decade, but it may at first appear curious that an essay on this subject would be ...

FORM

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p. 91-91

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Chapter Six - MEMORY TO FILM: REVIVING THEIRISH DIASPORA IN STEPHEN FREARS’ LIAM

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pp. 93-108

Adaptation studies and diaspora studies are two interdisciplinary subjects that are fundamentally concerned with the notion of ‘origin’. However, Liam (Stephen Frears 2001), as an adaptation and ...

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Chapter Seven - VIOLENT TRANSPOSITIONS: THE DISTURBING ‘APPEARANCE’ OF THE IRISH HORROR FILM

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pp. 109-123

Mid-way through Paddy Breathnach’s slasher flick Shrooms (2007), an American teenager, on a hallucinogenic-mushroomhunting trip in an Irish forest, finds himself in the grip of a strange, ...

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Chapter Eight - FILM INTO NOVEL: KATE O’BRIEN’S MODERNIST USE OF FILM TECHNIQUES

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pp. 124-136

How normative are the boundaries of and between art mediums? Can we see the adaptation of film language into novels as a queer practice? The literary borrowing of filmic language ...

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Chapter Nine - THE FENG SHUI OF LOUGHDERG: THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES AND THEMARKETING OF SPIRITUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY IRELAND

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pp. 137-152

According to Will Gesler’s influential formulation, a therapeutic landscape ‘arises when physical and built environments, social conditions and human perceptions combine to produce an ...

IDENTITY

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p. 153-153

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Chapter Ten - ‘INDEBTED FOR THEIR EXISTENCE TO THE INESSENTIAL’: ON THREE IRISH ARTISTS

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pp. 155-168

In Joe Duggan’s exhibition Family Man, which was shown in Limerick in 2007,1 there is a photograph that is, at first sight, one of a happy, even banal, normality (Fig. 10.1) It is an image of paternal ...

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Chapter Eleven - POST-FEMINISM AND THE CELTIC TIGER: DEIRDRE O’KANE’S TELEVISION ROLES

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pp. 169-183

Created by Ian Fitzgibbon and Michael McElhatton, the television series Paths to Freedom and Fergus’s Wedding were screened by Irish state broadcaster RTÉ in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Produced ..

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Chapter Twelve - NEW IDENTITIES IN THE IRISH HORROR FILM: ISOLATION AND BOY EATS GIRL

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pp. 184-198

In October 2007, the Sunday Times Culture supplement opened its ‘Film Special’ with a look at what the feature writer Pavel Barter called an explosion in Irish horror films: ‘From Stephen Bradley’s ...

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Chapter Thirteen - BECOMING-WOMAN: TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE INTERSTICE IN THE CINEMA OF NEIL JORDAN

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pp. 199-214

Traditionally, academics have focused upon thematic, historical or stylistic considerations of Neil Jordan’s work (nationhood; male adolescence; Gothic fantasy; and the conflict between tradition ...

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Chapter Fourteen - MOURNING SEX: THE AESTHETICS OF QUEER RELATIONALITY IN CONTEMPORARY FILM

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pp. 215-228

In a special issue of Film Ireland dedicated to exploring sex and sexuality in Irish film, guest editor Mark O’Halloran (writer and actor) recalls attending a conference at which he claimed that the ...

NOTES AND REFERENCES

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pp. 229-252

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 253-269

INDEX

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pp. 271-278

Back Cover

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p. 298-298


E-ISBN-13: 9781909005761
E-ISBN-10: 1909005762
Print-ISBN-13: 9781859184967
Print-ISBN-10: 1859184960

Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1

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