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The Life and Music of James Wilson

by Mark Fitzgerald

This book is the first study of the Irish composer James Wilson (1922–2005). A founding member of Aosdana in the 1950s and 60s, Wilson was a key figure in the Music Associatoon of Ireland and played an important role in developing the structures that support composers and musicians in Ireland today.

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The Life and Work of George Boole

A Prelude to the Digital Age

by Desmond MacHale

This book, aimed at the general reader and now available in paperback for the first time, is the first full-length biography of George Boole (1815–1864) who has been variously described as the founder of pure mathematics, one of the fathers of computer science and discoverer of symbolic logic. Boole is mostly remembered as a mathematician and logician whose work found application in computer science long after his death, but this biography reveals Boole as much more than a mathematical genius; he was a child prodigy, self-taught linguist and practical scientist, turbulent academic and devoted teacher, social reformer and poet, psychologist and humanitarian, religious thinker and good family man – truly a nineteenth-century polymath.

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Listen, O Isles, unto me

Studies in Medieval Word and Image in honour of Jennifer O'Reilly

Edited by Elizabeth Mullins and Diarmuid Scully

This interdisciplinary collection, which brings together new research on a range of patristic and medieval texts and visual materials, sets the cultural transformation of early medieval Ireland and Britain in the context of these islands’ inheritance from late antiquity and their engagement with the wider medieval world. It testifies to the imaginative ways in which scholars and artists assimilated and creatively re-interpreted the Christian and Mediterranean culture they encountered through the coming of Christianity, a central theme in the work of Dr Jennifer O’Reilly.

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Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe

Conversion and Consolidation in the Early Middle Ages

edited by Tomás Ó Carragáin and Sam Turner

Landscapes across Europe were transformed, both physically and conceptually, during the early medieval period (c AD 400-1200), and these changes were bound up with the conversion to Christianity and the development of ecclesiastical power structures. Whilst Christianity represented a more or less common set of beliefs and ideas, early medieval societies were characterised by vibrant diversity: much can potentially be learned about these societies by comparing and contrasting how they adapted Christianity to suit local circumstances. This is the first book to adopt a comparative landscape approach to this crucial subject.It considers the imprint of early medieval Christianity on landscapes along the continent’s western shore from Galicia to Norway, and across the northern islands from Britain and Ireland to Iceland. The construction of new monuments clearly led to some major physical changes, but landscapes are not just affected by tangible, material alterations: they are also shaped by new types of knowledge and changing perceptions. Christianity was associated with many such changes including new ways of seeing the land that directly affected how landscapes were inhabited and managed. By examining how people chose to shape their landscapes, this book provides fresh perspectives on the Christianisation of Atlantic Europe.

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Models for Movers

Irish Women’s Emigration to America

by Íde B. O’Carroll

Models for Movers is a unique collection of Irish migrant women's oral histories spanning three waves of twentieth-century emigration, 1920s, 1950s, 1980s. Each woman describes how she created a new life in America, often in the face of multiple challenges there. The women inspire us to have the courage to act.The women's voices speak to and against the regulated silences surrounding both emigration and the reality of Irish women's lives. They also provide a multigenerational tapestry of experience into which women leaving Ireland today can weave their stories.

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Motherhood and Infertility in Ireland

Presence of Absence

by Jill Allison

Through the lens of infertility, this book is a cultural account of shifting meanings of conception, fertility, motherhood and family in the current climate of changing Irish social life. This book portrays how the taken for granted associations between nature, reproduction, marriage, family and morality are also shaping the production of new kinds of reproductive knowledge and the use of reproductive technologies in Ireland.

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Of War and Wars Alarms

Reflections on Modern Irish Writing

by Gerald Dawe

The book considers the impact of European history from WW1 onwards on Irish writing and provides a narrative from 1914 through 1916, to the Civil War in Ireland and Spain, the experiences of WW2 and the emergence of the northern ‘Troubles; concluding with the revisiting of ‘history’ in the current generation of Irish writers, including as postscript a critical ‘memoir’. The book examines the interconnections between a number of Irish poets (W B Yeats, Thomas MacGreevy, Francis Ledwidge, Charles Donnelly, among many others) and novelists (Christabel Bielenberg, William Trevor, Benedict Kiely, Paul Murray) and the underlying political causes of nationalism and unionism, north and south, since the partition of Ireland alongside an exploration of various influences of European culture on Irish writing.

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Oscar’s Shadow

Wilde, Homosexuality and Modern Ireland

Eibhear Walshe

Oscar Wilde was the most famous gay Irishman and Oscar’s Shadow deals with Wilde and his homosexuality within the context of Ireland and of Irish cultural perceptions of his sexuality. The book investigates the questions: What was ‘Oscar’s shadow’, his influence on twentieth and twenty-first century Irish culture and literature? What has Oscar Wilde meant to Ireland from his disgrace in May 1895 up to the present?

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Out of the Earth

Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts

Edited by Christine Cusick

Within the current climate of both literary and environmental studies “Out of the Earth”: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts is an unprecedented integration of Irish Studies and Ecocriticism that is both timely and necessary. The essays offer ecocritical readings of Irish literary and cultural texts of various genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama and the visual image.

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The Poetry of Medbh McGuckian

The Interior of Words

Edited by Shane Alcobia-Murphy and Richard Kirkland

This is the first collection of essays solely dedicated to the achievement of this remarkable Irish poet. The book contains eleven essays by internationally known scholars, a new interview with McGuckian herself, and a detailed bibliography. McGuckian’s critical reputation has grown dramatically over the last decade and she is now a poet with an international reputation. This collection provides a timely and engaging appraisal of her work.

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