Memory Ireland, Volume 2 by Oona Frawley
Diaspora and Memory Practices (Irish Studies)

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In the second volume of a series that will ultimately include four, the authors consider Irish diasporic memory and memory practices. While the Irish diaspora has become the subject of a wide range of scholarship, there has been little work focused on its relationship to memory. The first half of the volume asks how diasporic memory functions in different places and times, and what forms it takes on. As an island nation with a history of emigration, Ireland has developed a rich diasporic cultural memory, one that draws on multiple traditions and historiographies of both "home" and "away." Native traditions are not imported wholesale, but instead develop their own curious hybridity, reflecting the nature of emigrant memory that absorbs new ways of thinking about home. How do immigrants remember their homeland? How do descendants of immigrants "remember" a land they rarely visit? How does diasporic memory pass through families, and how is it represented in cultural forms such as literature, festivals, and souvenirs?

In its second half, this volume shifts its attention to the concept of "memory practices," ways of cultural remembering that result from and are shaped by particular cultural forms. Many of these cultural forms embody memory materially through language, music, and photography and, because of their distinctive expressions of culture, give rise to distinctive memory practices. Gathering the leading voices in Irish studies, this volume opens new pathways into the body of Irish cultural memory, demonstrating time and again the ways in which memory is supported by the negotiations of individuals within wider cultural contexts.

Contributors include: Aidan Arrowsmith, Hasia Diner, Joep Leerssen, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill


About Oona Frawley

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Born in New York, where she received a doctorate from the City University of New York, Oona Frawley is currently a Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University, Belfast. She is the author of Irish Pastoral: Nature and Nostalgia in 20th Century Irish Literature and editor of A New & Complex Sensation: Essays on Joyce's Dubliners.
Published March 29, 2012 by Syracuse University Press. 287 pages
Genres: History, Travel.

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“. . . this collection will intrigue audiences seeking a serious study of Irishness in popular culture—more serious than the blarney and blather constituting much of what passes for Irishness in culture.”

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