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    The Irish Times: 150 Years of Influence

    Terence Brown
    Terence Brown tells the story of the newspaper from its foundation in 1859, analysing its stance during events ranging from The Easter Rising, The Civil War, the Troubles and the recent economic recession.
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    Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland

    Jennifer Redmond, Sonja Tiernan, Sandra McAvoy and Mary McAuliffe
    Collection of essays looking at the story of gender history in Ireland and how the State has treated its citizens on the basis of gender. Discusses the concepts of masculinity, femininity and ‘otherness’, as well as a study of activists from various campaigns that surround the progression of Pro-Choice and Pro-Life since 1983.
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    Thomas Fitzpatrick and 'The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly', 1905–1915

    James Curry and Ciarán Wallace
    This collection of works from The Lepracaun gives fresh insights into Irish life in an overlooked period. Introductory essays on Thomas Fitzpatrick’s life and career, and on the social and political context of the times, complement the detailed commentaries which accompany each image.
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    In My Own Light

    Raymond Deane
    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.
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    Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen

    Ruth Barton
    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.
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    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.
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    Down the Crooked Road

    Mary Black

    Memoir from singer Mary Black, a dominant presence on the Irish music scene for thirty years, going back to the roots of her musical heritage and influences.

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    Nevill Johnson 1911-1999; Artist, Writer, Photographer

    Eoin O'Brien

    Looks at the life of one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century, who portrayed Dublin with force and clarity through painting and photography.

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    Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture

    Conn Holohan and Tony Tracy (eds)

    Collection of essays analysing the shifting representations of Irish men across a range of popular culture forms in the period of the Celtic Tiger and beyond, tracing the effects of these changes into popular understandings of what it is to be an Irish male.

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    Histories of the Irish Future

    Bryan Fanning
    An intellectual history of Ireland and of Irish crises viewed through the eyes of 12 key writers: William Petty, William Molyneux, Edmund Burke, Thomas Malthus, Richard Whately, Friedrich Engels, John Mitchel, James Connolly, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Jeremiah Newman, Conor Cruise O'Brien and Fintan O'Toole.
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    Folklore and Modern Irish Writing

    Anne Markey and Anne O’ Connor (eds)
    Explores the fascination with Irish folklore and storytelling and offers an overview of the complex relationship between oral traditions and literary practices in Ireland.
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    Are the Irish different?

    Tom Inglis (Ed)

    A collection of essays examining the extent and nature of Irish social and cultural difference. Covers Irish nationalism and capitalism, the Irish political elite, the Irish family, immigration, Northern Ireland, the Irish diaspora and the Irish language, among other topics.

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    Ireland and the New Journalism

    Karen Steele, Michael de Nie (eds)
    This volume of essays explore some of the diverse ways that W.T. Stead's complicated revolution in British newspapers and print journalism (the New Journalism) influenced Irish politics, culture, and newspaper practices.
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    Theory on the Edge

    Noreen Giffney and Margrit Shildrick (eds)
    A new book which looks at the interventions feminist and queer practices have made in the area of Irish Studies.
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    The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, 1880 – 1922

    Valente, Joseph
    This study supplies the first contextually precise account of the male gender anxieties and ambivalences haunting the culture of Irish nationalism in the era preceding the Irish Free State.
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    The Books that Define Ireland

    Bryan Fanning, Tom Garvin
     This engaging and provocative work consists of 29 chapters and discusses over 50 mostly non-fiction books that capture the development of Irish social and political thought since the early seventeenth century. 
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    New Dubliners

    Daniel Zuchowski
    The New Dubliners is a collection of true stories from multicultural Dublin. It is about life in the Irish capital as experienced by young foreign nationals and the “new Irish”. The style is fresh and the lives are interesting, often fascinating.
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    Gilmartin, Mary and White, Allen (eds)
    This collection explores Ireland's complex relationship with migration in novel and innovative ways. The contributors - leading scholars of migration from the disciplines of anthropology, geography, history, media studies, sociology, sociolinguistics and women's studies - draw on new research to provide insights into emigration from and immigration to Ireland, both past and present.
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    Great Irish Reportage

    John Horgan (ed)
    Alongside its fiction, poetry and drama, Ireland also has a long tradition of impressive reportage. John Horgan's selection of the best is collected in this unique volume.
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    Ordinary Irish Life

    Méabh Ní Fhuartháin and David M. Doyle (eds)
    Drawing together the themes of music, sport and culture, this lively collection investigates commonplace elements of Irish life, both in Ireland and abroad.
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