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Picture of Ireland and Dysfunction

Ireland and Dysfunction

Critical Explorations in Literature and Film

Editor(s): Asier Altuna-García de Salazar
Contributors: Olga Fernández-Vicente, María José Carrera, María Gaviña-Costero, Burcu Gülüm Tekin, Inés Praga-Terente,

Book Description

This collection of critical essays finds itself at the intersection of cultural, literary and film studies, and explores the various ways in which dysfunction is expressed in Irish studies. Dysfunction can be regarded as part and parcel of a portrayal of a landscape of trauma and crisis that may have been traditionally repressed in Ireland at large. However, dysfunction also envisages mediation, managing, transcending and healing. As such, this volume examines how Ireland tackles dysfunction at large, but more importantly, how mediation, managing, healing and transcending help in the understanding of the ever-changing and on-going process of the construction of an Irish identity today; sometimes looking back at the past, but always creating the need of inventing new ways to understand the future of Ireland. The collection presents essays which tackle dysfunction from different and multifarious perspectives that range from sociological, historical and literary discourses to more contemporary insights into dysfunction in today’s Ireland. It encompasses theory and analysis and includes the works of both senior academics and emerging scholars, as well as those outside academia.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1203-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1203-X
Date of Publication: 01/01/2017
Pages / Size: 275 / A5
Price: £52.99


Dr Asier Altuna-García de Salazar is Chairperson of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies, and Associate Professor in English and Irish Studies and Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Basque Studies at the University of Deusto, Bilbao. A former Director of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts in Euroculture, his publications include articles on 19th century Spain and the Basque Country in Irish writing, and multicultural, transcultural and Celtic Tiger Ireland and literature. He has co-edited Re-Writing Boundaries: Critical Approaches in Irish Studies (2007), New Perspectives on James Joyce: Ignatius Loyola, make haste to help me! (2009), and Rethinking Citizenship: New Voices in Euroculture (2013).