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Issue 63, January 2015
Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness
Nathaniel Tkacz uses Wikipedia, the most prominent product of open organization, to analyse the theory and politics of openness in practice – including discussions of edit wars, article deletion policies and user access levels.
The Age of the Crisis of Man
An intellectual and literary history of a mid-century American cultural episode forgotten today. Essayist Mark Greif recovers this lost line of thought to show how it influenced society, politics, and culture before, during, and long after World War II.
Poetry Notebook: 2006–2014
Critic and writer Clive James presents a distillation of all he's learned about the art form of poetry, offering close readings of individual poems and poets (from Shakespeare to Larkin, Keats to Pound), and in some case second readings or re-readings late in life.
On the State
Renowned sociologist Pierre Bourdieu addresses the fundamental questions surrounding the nature of the modern state and the characteristics of this distinctive field of power that has come to play such a central role in the shaping of all spheres of social, political and economic life.
Deidre Shauna Lynch
A cultural investigation into our view of books as objects of affection and its roots in late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century publishing, reading habits, and domestic history, as well as the expectation that professional literary scholars should not just study, but
literature, and inculcate that love in generations of students.
Debut poetry collection from Dubliner Jessica Traynor in which family portraits and local history combine with mythological musings. Winner of the Hennessy New Writer of the Year Award 2013.
In the Name of Love
Ahead of Ireland’s referendum on the subject of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, Una Mullally charts the development of the movement, one of the most rapid and transformative changes in Irish society over the last century, from its origins to the present day.
In Search of Rwanda's Génocidaires
outlines the years prior to, and the many reasons for, the horrific Rwandan genocide of 1994. France supported the Rwandan government and many of the leading genocide suspects live in France. Twenty years later, the first French trial took place.
In My Own Light
In this compelling and lyrical memoir, The memoir of renowned classical composer, author and political activist, Raymond Deane, covering his childhood on Achill Island, his adolescence in Dublin, and his rapid descent into alcoholism.
Alan Turing: The Enigma
New edition of the biography of Alan Turing, the mathematician whose cipher-cracking transformed the Second World War, who created the first design for a digital computer and who was persecuted for his homosexuality.
Yeats and Afterwords
Marjorie Howes and Joseph Valente (eds)
A collection of essays examining W.B. Yeats’s sense of historical belatedness as part of his complex literary method, exploring how he deliberately positioned himself at various historical endpoints and, in doing so, created a distinctively modernist poetics of iteration capable of registering the experience of finality and loss.
White Magic: The Age of Paper
Lothar Müller describes how paper made its way from China through the Arab world to Europe, where it permeated everyday life in a variety of formats from the 13
century onwards, and how the paper technology revolution of the 19
century paved the way for the creation of the modern daily press.
The Cambridge Companion to Irish Modernism
Joe Cleary (ed)
An overview of the modernist period in which Irish artists not only helped to create a distinctive nationalist literature but also changed the face of European and anglophone culture. Surveys developments in modernist poetry, drama, fiction and the visual arts.
A short biography of Sean Lemass looking at how he evolved as a key figure in Fianna Fail governments, emerged out of the shadow of Eamon de Valera having learnt valuable lessons concerning the limitations of political power to later become one of the most influential leaders of twentieth-century Ireland.
Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen
Ruth Barton explores the life and legacy of the pioneering filmmaker, following him from his childhood in Dublin to his life at the top of early Hollywood’s A-list and his eventual self-imposed exile on the French Riviera.
Irish Pages: Heaney Special
Chris Agee and Cathal O’ Searcaigh (eds)
A memorial issue for Seamus Heaney, including four poems by Heaney, a suite of obituaries and global reminiscences and new poems by Kerry Hardie, Michael Longley, Harry Clifton and many more.
Irish Jesuit Chaplains in the First World War
Damien Burke (ed)
A collection of essays on eleven Irish Jesuit Chaplains who signed up to minster to Catholic soldiers on the European battlefields of the First World War. Six of the Jesuits in the book survived, such as Fr Frank Browne, the most decorated Catholic chaplain to survive the war.
Ireland and the End of the British Empire
After Ireland left the Commonwealth in 1949 and the British Empire started its long fragmentation, the Irish government and Irish Church played an important role in supporting the British Empire through active involvement in the Cyprus Emergency of the 1950s.
Literary scholar Jack Zipes explores the legacy of the Brothers Grimm in Europe and North America, from the nineteenth century to the present, revealing how they came to play a pivotal and unusual role in the evolution of Western folklore and in the history of the fairy tale.
From Prosperity to Austerity
Eamon Maher and Eugene O'Brien
While examining the Irish economic phenomenon of the Celtic Tiger and the financial disaster that came in its wake from a socio-cultural perspective, the book focuses on how these financial developments have been reflected in writing, film and culture.
Ireland 1912 - 1922
Irish Culture, Philosophy & Science
Irish History & Politics
World Culture, Philosophy & Science
World History & Politics
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