The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture

The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture

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The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture by Fionnuala Dillane

This book elucidates the ways the pained and suffering body has been registered and mobilized in specifically Irish contexts across more than four hundred years of literature and culture. There is no singular approach to what pain means: the material addressed in this collection covers diverse cultural forms, from reports of battles and executions to stage and screen representations of sexual violence, produced in response to different historical circumstances in terms that confirm our understanding of how pain – whether endured or inflicted, witnessed or remediated – is culturally coded.

Pain is as open to ongoing redefinition as the Ireland that features in all of the essays gathered here. This collection offers new paradigms for understanding Ireland’s literary and cultural history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319313870
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2016
Series: New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 283
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Fionnuala Dillane is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland. She is author of Before George Eliot: Marian Evans in the Periodical Press, joint winner of the 2014 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize.

Naomi McAreavey is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has published widely on the 1641 rebellion, and her edition of The Letters of the First Duchess of Ormonde is forthcoming.

Emilie Pine is Lecturer in Modern Drama at University College Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of The Politics of Irish Memory (Palgrave, 2011), incoming Editor of the Irish University Review, and founding Director of the Irish Memory Studies Network.

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Introduction: The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture; Fionnuala Dillane, Naomi McAreavey and Emilie Pine.- 1. Where Does It Hurt? How Pain Makes History in Early Modern Ireland; Patricia Palmer.- 2. 'Most barbarously and inhumaine maner butchered’: Masculinity, Trauma and Memory in Early Modern Ireland; Dianne Hall.- 3. ‘Those Savage Days of Memory’: John Temple and his Narrative of the 1641 Uprising; Sarah Covington.- 4. Severed Heads and Floggings: The Undermining of Oblivion in Ulster in the Aftermath of 1798; Guy Beiner.- 5. ‘Tá mé ag imeacht’: The Execution of Myles Joyce and its Afterlives; Margaret Kelleher.- 6. Pain, Trauma and Memory in the Irish War of Independence: Remembering and Contextualizing Irish Suffering; Ian Miller.- 7. Pain, Pleasure and Revolution: The Body in Roger Casement’s Writings; Michael G. Cronin.- 8. ‘Targets of Shame’: Negotiating the Irish Female Migrant Experience in Kathleen Nevin’s You’ll Never Go Back (1946) and Kate O’Brien’s Mary Lavelle (1936); Sinéad Wall.- 9. ‘Intertextual quotation’: Troubled Irish Bodies and Jewish Intertextual Memory in Colum McCann’s ‘Cathal’s Lake’ and ‘Hunger Strike’; Alison Garden.- 10. The Vulnerable Body on Stage: Reading Interpersonal Violence in Rape as Metaphor; Lisa Fitzpatrick.- 11. Recovery and Forgetting: Haunting Remains in Northern Irish Culture; Shane Alcobia Murphy.- 12. ‘That’s not so comfortable for you, is it?’: The Spectre of Misogyny in The Fall; Caroline Magennis.- 13. ‘The Art of Grief’: Irish Women’s Poetry of Loss and Healing; Catriona Clutterbuck.- Bibliography.- Index.

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“This important, often passionate book brings the perspectives of recent work in trauma studies to bear on our understanding of Irish lives. Its focus: the tormented, repressed, caricatured, controlled and rebellious Irish body, and how to read it now. Ranging across five centuries of Irish history, literature and culture, the book announces a new and important phase of feminist engagement with Irishness. Here are a set of fresh and brilliant new perspectives on ‘the matter of Ireland,’ as it has actually been experienced on the ground, by Irish people and Irish bodies, especially those of women. In this collection, alive with the ‘savage indignation’ Swift once demanded of Irish criticism, the sufferers, long marginalized and silenced by various discourses of power, are at last given the chance to speak.” (Enda Duffy, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

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