France and Ireland in the Public Imagination
This engaging collection of essays considers the cultural complexities of the Franco-Irish relationship in song and story, image and cuisine, novels, paintings and poetry. It casts a fresh eye on public perceptions of the historic bonds between Ireland and France, revealing a rich variety of contact and influence. Controversy is not shirked, whether on the subject of Irish economic decline or reflecting on prominent, contentious personalities such as Ian Paisley and Michel Houellebecq. Contrasting ideas of the popular and the intellectual emerge in a study of Brendan Kennelly; recent Irish tribunals are analysed in the light of French cultural theory; and familiar renditions of Franco-Irish links are re-evaluated against the evidence of newspaper and journal accounts.
Drawing on the disciplines of history, art, economics and literature, and dipping into the good wines of France and Ireland, the book paints a fascinating picture of the relationship between the two countries over three dramatic centuries.
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Benjamin Keatinge teaches English Literature at South East European University, Macedonia, where he is Dean of the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications. His primary research focus is Beckett studies but he has also published on modern Irish poetry, including essays on Richard Murphy, Harry Clifton, Pearse Hutchinson, Thomas MacGreevy and Brian Coffey.
Mary Pierse has been a post-doctoral research fellow at University College Cork, Ireland, where she taught in the School of English and on the Women’s Studies MA programme. She has published on Irish feminisms, George Moore, fin-de-siècle literature and Franco-Irish cultural linkages.