France and Ireland: Notes and Narratives published

Pierse and Hunt Cover.inddMusic, art and creative writing embody vital elements of the rich association between Ireland and France and this collection provides a tantalising selection of their reciprocal influences across the arts. The book paints a vivid picture of composers, performers, poets and novelists on both sides of the Celtic Sea. Surprises abound, with music unexpectedly linking Ireland and France through George Alexander Osborne and Frédéric Chopin, through Thomas Moore and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, through Irish-inspired French opera and a French-directed Irish orchestra. Words and music meet in a Kate O’Brien novel, a musical interpretation of Verlaine and the poetry of Paula Meehan, while the encounter of wine and music creates truly innovative experiences.
Exploring the works and influence of a wide range of figures including James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Jacques Derrida, J.M. Synge, Hélène Cixous, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Neil Jordan and John Field, the essays collected here uncover a wealth of artistic interconnections between France and Ireland.

Available for purchase here.

Una Hunt is a leading authority on Irish performance-led music research and in 2010 established the first digital archive of historic Irish composers: . She is also a concert pianist who has recorded fourteen world-première CDs. Una lectures at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and is currently writing a book on Moore’s Irish Melodies.
Mary Pierse is the editor of Irish Feminisms, 1810–1930 (2009, five volumes) and has published widely on the writings of George Moore. She has taught courses on Victorian literature and feminism at University College Cork where she previously held Research Fellowships. She is a board member of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies.

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