What’s the trouble with Irish men?
This collection features a variety of scholars, from emerging voices in Irish literary criticism to established scholars in the field. What the writers have in common is their fearless interrogation of the conventional readings of the representation of Irishmen. In particular, these essays will deconstruct the notion of masculinity as a fixed, stable identity and explore the plurality of representations of manhood in literature and culture. Several of the essays look at hybridity in Irish male identity and the idea of diasporic identity, as well as discussing male identity in the domestic sphere.
They consider masculinities both north and south of the border in a diverse range of topics from O’Duffy’s Blueshirts to Belfast drag queens and consumer culture, bringing a much-needed sophistication to the issue of masculinity in Irish Studies.
Table of Contents:
- Corrigibly Plural? Masculinity in Life and Literature ~ John Wilson Foster
- ‘You’re dying for me’: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Northern Irish Popular Women’s Fiction ~ Maeve Davey
- Belfast Drag: The Performance of Gender Disidentification in Northern Ireland ~ Niall Rea
- Post-Conflict Masculinities: Filiative Reconciliation in Five Minutes of Heaven and David Park’s The Truth Commissioner ~ Stefanie Lehner
- Exploring Masculinity: Proximity, Intimacy and Chicken ~ Ed Madden
- The Negotiation and Consumption of Mediated Masculinities in the Artistry of the Male Self ~ Deirdre Duffy
- Masculinity in Crisis: The Construction of Irish Masculinities in Willie Doherty’s Non Specific Threat ~ Kate Antosik Parsons
- ‘They were the men who licked the IRA till they squealed’: Blueshirt Masculine Identity 1932-36 ~ Dale Montgomery
- ‘You’ve been a fake Irishman over here long enough’: Masculinity, Belonging and the Father-Son Relationship in John Walsh’s The Falling Angels: An Irish Romance ~ Louise Sheridan
- ‘Who May Tell The Tale Of The Old Man?’: Beckett, Men and Memory ~ Kathryn White
- The Afterlife of the Anti-Hero: Postmodern Fantasies of Manhood and the Hierarchy of Masculine Agency in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer (2006) ~ Cormac O’Brien
About the Editors
Dr Caroline Magennis teaches Irish Literature and Critical Theory at the University of Limerick. She is the author of Sons of Ulster: Masculinities in the Contemporary Northern Irish Novel.
Raymond Mullen is a doctoral candidate in the school of English at Queen’s University Belfast. He has published articles on John McGahern, Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett.