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T. J. Boynton is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marshall University. His current project, “The Despotism of Fact: Celticism and the Transnational Critique of Capitalism in England and Ireland, 1865–1954,” explores interconnections between racial theories of Irishness, capitalist economics, colonialism, and aesthetics in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English and Irish literature and popular-cultural media. A version of the project’s first chapter on Matthew Arnold is forthcoming in ELH: English Literary History.

James S. Donnelly, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he taught modern Irish and British history from 1972 to 2008. He authored The Land and the People of Nineteenth-Century Cork: The Rural Economy and the Land Question (1975) and The Great Irish Potato Famine (2001). He co-edited (with Samuel Clark) Irish Peasants: Violence and Political Unrest, 1780–1914 (1983) and (with Kerby Miller) Irish Popular Culture, 1650–1850 (1998). He served as editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture (2004). His latest book Captain Rock: The Irish Agrarian Rebellion of 1821–1824 was published in the fall of 2009. He has been coeditor of Éire-Ireland since 2001.

Mel Farrell is currently employed at the Department of History, NUI Maynooth, as a postdoctoral research assistant on the project “Defying the Wind of Change” sponsored by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). He has also taught at NUI Maynooth. In September 2011 he completed his Ph.D. dissertation titled ‘“Few Supporters and No Organisation’? Cumann na nGaedheal Organisation and Policy, 1923–33,” for which he had been awarded an IRCHSS scholarship. His dissertation examined pro-Treaty political structures and placed the policies pursued [End Page 280] by the Cumann na nGaedheal party within a wider European setting. His research interests include comparative history, political ideology, and especially the emergence of Christian Democracy in Europe.

James Kelly lectures at the University of Exeter, having completed his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh. His primary research focus is on Irish and Scottish literature in the Romantic period. He has published the monograph Charles Maturin: Authorship, Authenticity, and the Nation (2011) and the edited collection Ireland and Romanticism: Publics, Nations, and Scenes of Cultural Production (2011). He is currently working on representations of oratory and eloquence in Irish literature in the post-Union period.

Jason Knirck is an Associate Professor of History at Central Washington University. He is the author of Women of the Dáil: Gender, Republicanism, and the Anglo-Irish Treaty (2006) and Imagining Ireland’s Independence: The Debates over the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 (2006) as well as several articles on the political culture of the early Irish Free State. He is currently at work on a book-length study of Cumann na nGaedheal as well as an article on the Farmers’ Party in the Free State.

D. M. Leeson is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, where he teaches modern British and modern European history. He is the author of The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920–1921 (2011). He has contributed articles to Contemporary British History, the Canadian Journal of History, War in History, and First World War Studies. He has further articles forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies and Irish Historical Studies, and he is currently working (with Stephen Heathorn) on a book about culture, society, and war in twentieth-century Britain.

Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin lectures in communications at the University of Limerick. Her publications include “Sexuality, Marriage and Women’s Life Narratives in Teresa Deevy’s A Disciple (1931), The King of Spain’s Daughter (1935) and Katie Roche (1936),” Estudios Irlandeses, 2012, and “The Mosquito Press: Anti-Imperialist Rhetoric in Republican Journalism, 1926–39,” Éire-Ireland, 2007. Essays [End Page 281] in seven recent edited collections include “‘The seeds beneath the snow’: Resignation and Resistance in Teresa Deevy’s Wife to James Whelan” in D’hoker, Ingelbien, and Schwall, eds., Irish Women Writers (2011). She was awarded the University of Limerick Teaching Excellence Award in 2008, and...


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