Franco-Irish Connections in Space and Time

Strong cultural, commercial, literary and intellectual links have existed for many centuries between the Celtic cousins France and Ireland and continue to flourish today. This book explores some of the connections that have been forged over space and time by groups and individuals travelling between the two countries.
Covering subjects as varied as travel literature, music, philosophy, wine production, photography and consumer culture, and spanning the seventeenth through to the twenty-first centuries, the collection draws attention to the rich tapestry of interconnections and associations which confirm this unique and mutually beneficial friendship. The book examines the role of figures such as Boullaye-le-Gouz, Coquebert de Montbret, Sydney Owenson, Alain de Lille, Augusta Holmes, Alain Badiou, Wolfe Tone, Jacques Rancière, the ‘Wine Geese’, the O’Kelly family, Marguerite Mespoulet, Madeleine Mignon, Jules Verne, Hector Malot, Harry Clifton, John McGahern, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Kate O’Brien, John Broderick, Brian Moore and François Mauriac. The essays will appeal to both academic and general readers and to anyone with an interest in Franco-Irish relations.

Eamon Maher is Director of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght (Dublin), where he also lectures in Humanities. His most recent monograph is ‘The Church and its Spire’: John McGahern and the Catholic Question (2011) and he is currently co-editing (with Eugene O’Brien) a book of essays entitled From Prosperity to Austerity: A Socio-Cultural Critique of the Celtic Tiger and its Aftermath.

Catherine Maignant is Professor of Irish Studies and director of CECILLE, the Centre for the Study of Foreign Cultures at the University of Lille 3 (France). She is currently editing La France et l’Irlande : destins croisés (16e-21e siècles).

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