P. H. Pearse is one of the most contested figures in Irish history and, as an abstracted and abused icon, he has become increasingly detached from the writings and actions of the man. Despite his influence over twentieth-century Irish history and culture, Pearse has been under-studied in recent decades. This volume of essays redresses this imbalance and provides a long-overdue study. The Life and After-Life of P.H.Pearse brings together the work of an exciting range of leading contemporary scholars, such as Declan Kiberd, Joost Augusteijn, Angela Bourke and Thomas Hennessey. The book examines personal and family influences and reassesses Pearse as an educationalist, journalist, Irish language advocate, short story writer, radical thinker and political figure.
The aim of the book is to revisit the life of Pearse with a view to his relevance to present day theories and teachings on history, language, literature and culture and presents a complete critical work in the lead up to the 100 year commemoration of his death.
Table of Contents
‘The Dublin man’ ~ ‘Fear Bhaile Atha Cliath
- The Road to Rebellion: The Development of Patrick Pearse’s Political Thought, 1879-1914 ~ Joost Augusteijn
- ‘I am the son of a good father’: James and Patrick Pearse ~ Brian Crowley
- ‘A young schoolmaster of great literary talent’: Mary Hayden’s friend, Patrick Pearse ~ Joyce Padbury
- Patrick Pearse: The Victorian Gael ~ Pat Cooke
History, Politics and Culture ~ Stair, Polaitíocht agus Cultúr
- Patrick Pearse: Irish Modernist ~ Declan Kiberd
- ‘The History of a Century in a Generation’: The Perspective of an Irish Journalist, P.H. Pearse ~ Regina Uí Chollatáin
- Laying the Ghosts: Patrick Pearse and the Reproach of History ~ James Quinn
- Pearse’s Legacy: The Partition of Ireland ~ Thomas Hennessy
- Remembering and Forgetting P.H. Pearse ~ Roisin Higgins
Language, Literature and Education ~ Teanga, Litríocht agus Oideachas
- The Imagined Community of Pearse’s Short Stories ~ Angela Bourke
- The Battle before us now is a Battle of Words: Pearse and Postcolonial Theory ~ Róisín Ní Ghairbhí
- ‘An Heroic Poet who didn’t amass Riches’: P.H. Pearse and Maírtín O Direáin
- Exploiting the Past: Pearse as an Editor and Interpreter of Fiannaíocht Literature ~ Caoimhín Breatnach
- Masculinity and Citizenship: Boyhood and Nationhood at St. Enda’s ~ Elaine Sisson
- Radicalising the Clasrrom: Pearse, Pedagogy and Progressivism ~ Brendan Walshe
About the Editors
Roisín Higgins is a lecturer in the School of History and Archives, UCD. She publishes and teaches on nineteenth and twentieth century Irish and British history with particular interest in forms of commemoration and communication.
Regina Uí Chollatáin is a lecturer in Modern Irish in the School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics, UCD. She is currently working on the journalistic writings of P.H.Pearse.