Voicing Dissent is a collection of critical essays exploring the idea of dissent in contemporary Irish Studies.
Prominent in these essays are radical points of view, alternative readings, contentious texts, and some unusual and innovative approaches to canonical works. Energetic young scholars add their voices to the debate, breaking new literary ground and bringing into the light fresh interpretations and original critical insights in Irish literature and culture.
While the book is primarily concerned with dissent in changing cultural and social contexts within literature, it also addresses several different fields of academic research, including history, cinema, and gender studies.
Elsewhere, by looking at post-colonial trauma in works of fiction, Irish identity is interrogated. Representations of femininity, sexuality, and patriarchy are challenged by rebellious women, whether as characters, writers, or critics.
Table of Contents
VERSE AND SUBVERSION
‘Stabbed Up the Line’: Myth and Dissent in the Poetry of Brendan Kennelly – Sandrine Brisset
The Passing of Time in Thomas Kinsella’s Early Poetry – Amy Galvin
Cribs and Collaborations in the Poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill – Shannon Hipp
Marginal Figures and Subversion in the Poetry of Cathal O Searcaigh – Caitríona Ní Chléirchín
‘Of Them but Not of Them’: MacNiece and the ‘Thirties poets’ – Simon Workman
DISSENT ON STAGE
Tribunal Theatre and the Voice of Dissent: Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry – Sheila McCormick
Exploding the Kitchen Comedy: Maurice Meldon’s Purple Path to the Poppy Field – Ian Walsh
A Brief Consideration of Dissent in Two Reformation Moralities: Love Feigned and Unfeigned and Three Laws – Brian Gourley
Irish Nationalist [Mis]readings of Ibsen: Padraig Pearse, Lennox Robinson, and Thomas MacDonagh – Irina Ruppo Malone
POSTCOLONIALISM AND IRISH IDENTITY
Murder in the Margin: Descent and Dissent in Patrick McCabe’s Winterwood and Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer – Jessica Dougherty-McMichael
Serious Fancy: Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens and Literary Fairy Tale in Colonial Discourse – Katherine O’Keefe
‘The Bell Magazine: A Dissenting Vision of Irish Identity’ – Kelly Matthews
Postcolonial Trauma – Postmodern Recovery? Gender, Nation and Trauma in Contemporary Irish and Scottish Fiction – Stephanie Lehner
‘What Kate Did’: Subversive Dissent in Kate O’Brien’s The Ante Room – Sharon Tighe-Mooney
Mastered yet Controlling what They were Mastered by: John McGahern’s Amongst Women and the Female Dandy – Graham Price
‘Anything Neurotic, Exotic, Experimental or New’: Trauma and Representation in Women’s Writing on the Troubles – Anthea E. Cordner
The Other Side of the Story: Femininity, Sexuality and Patriarchal Ireland in the Short Stories of Mary Lavin, Clare Boylan and Emma Donoghue – Lori Bennet
Intertextuality, Parody and Jouissance in Emma Donoghue’s Dissenting Fairy Tales – Libe García Zarranz
POP-CULTURE AND HEROIC MISFITS
Folk Devils and Moral Panic – Sedition, Subversion and Sensation in Victorian Popular Culture – Michael Flanagan
Disobeying Gilles Deleuze: Is Quentin Tarantino the Voice of Dissent? – Jenny O’Connor
Heroism and Heroes in the Work of Pádraig Ó Cíobháin – Sorcha S. DeBrun
Captain Jack White DSO – Anarchist and Proleptic Postructuralist – Leo Keohane
About the Author
Dr Sandrine Brisset and Dr Noreen Doody lecture in English in St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University.