Book launch: ‘Tickling the Palate’

‘Tickling the Palate’: Gastronomy in Irish Literature and Culture, edited by Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire and Eamon Maher, will be launched at 6pm on Wednesday 4 June. The launch will take place as part of the second Dublin Gastronomy Symposium, to be held at the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, Dublin Institute of … Continue reading

Interactivity reviewed…

Our call was answered and Ellie Hayes wrote this review of Alec Charles’ book Interactivity: How many social media notifications does the smart phone nearest you have on it, clamouring for attention, reaction or interaction?  How meaningful are they and the responses they elicit – especially compared to the events like those of the Arab … Continue reading

The Primordial Dance

This book argues that a silent axis of the unconscious world rests largely undiscovered. It recasts foundational concepts in the psychology of Freud, Jung, Carol Gilligan and R.D. Laing, as well as in cognitive science, to highlight this hidden unconscious axis: primordial spaces of diametric and concentric structures. The author generates fresh approaches to understanding the … Continue reading

Feridun Zaimoglu

Feridun Zaimoglu made a spectacular entrance onto the German cultural scene in 1995 with Kanak Sprak: a volume of incendiary texts based on interviews with disaffected Turkish German youths, using an invented, stylized literary language, a hybrid of multiple varieties of German with a hip hop beat. A prolific and acclaimed novelist, dramatist, newspaper columnist, visual … Continue reading

Changing Polish Identities

This book discusses how globalization transforms national identity, comparing the assertion that globalization disembeds national culture with contrasting claims that identities remain primarily anchored in national space. It examines the impact of mobility on identity and explores the role of virtual worlds in preserving national culture. The investigation is based around a case study looking … Continue reading

Constructions of Melancholy in Contemporary German and Austrian Literature

Melancholy has become a central theme of German literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The rapidly changing sociopolitical circumstances of the post-1989 period and the continued burden of the Nazi past have directly contributed to this upsurge in melancholy themes. This book traces the complex discourse of melancholy in contemporary literature … Continue reading

This Side of Brightness

Colum McCann is one of the most important Irish writers in contemporary literary fiction. His work has been critically acclaimed across the globe for its artistic achievement, its thematic range and its ethical force. This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann is the first collection of scholarly essays to deal with McCann’s oeuvre, … Continue reading


In an exciting new title for Peter Lang Oxford Alec Charles analyses the impact of interactive media on contemporary politics and society. From the Arab Spring to the British summer riots of 2011, from the War on Terror to The X Factor, from social networking sites to online electioneering the influence of new media technology is clear to see. … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

Professionals, Amateurs and Performance

Dave Day’s title on the relationship between amateurism and sport, Professionals, Amateurs and Performance: Sports Coaching in England, 1789 -1914, explores the thus far overlooked impact of this ethos on the professional coaches and trainers who directed and supported elite sporting performance in this period. This book explores the foundations of coaching and training practices and chronicles … Continue reading

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