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Palgrave Macmillan

Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture

Tiger's Tales

ISBN 9781137300232
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture is an interdisciplinary collection of essays by established and emerging scholars, analysing the shifting representations of Irish men across a range of popular culture forms in the period of the Celtic Tiger and beyond. From the self-stylings of GAA star Paul Galvin to theatrical depictions of an Irish masculinity in crisis, the essays firmly situate these diverse images of Irish manhood within the social and cultural contexts that produced them. Taking as its overall context the social changes instigated by the economic boom of the 1990s, the book traces the effects of these changes into popular understandings of what it is to be an Irish male. Through insightful analyses of film, theatre, literature and more, the essays in this collection argue that Irish masculinity has become a more heterogeneous concept within this period while critiquing the gender binaries that continue to structure Irish society and culture.

Conn Holohan is Lecturer in Film Studies at NUI Galway, Ireland. His publications include Cinema on the Periphery (2010), a monograph on space in contemporary Irish and Spanish cinema, as well as a number of chapters and journal articles on gender and sexuality in cinema and cinematic space.

Tony Tracy is Director of the BA with Film Studies programme at NUI Galway, Ireland. He has published on Hollywood, Irish and silent film and he is Editor of the annual review of Irish Film and TV in the online journal, Estudios Irlandeses, as well as Co-Editor of the centenary collection, John Huston: Essays on a Restless Director (2010). In 2011, he produced the documentary film, Blazing the Trail, for BIFF Productions.

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; Tony Tracy and Conn Holohan
1. Clubs, Closets and Catwalks: GAA Stars and the Politics of Contemporary Irish Masculinity; Michael G Cronin
2. Trans-Formations of Gendered Identities in Ireland; Jeannine Woods
3. Compartmentalized Cosmopolitans: Constructions of Urban Space in Queer Irish Cinema; Allison Macleod
4. From Men to Boys: Masculinity, Politics and the Irish Boy Band; Noel McLaughlin and Martin McLoone
5. 'Irish Lads' and English Rock: Musical Masculinities in the 1990s; Sean Campbell
6. 'Oh Me, Oh My': Reviving Joe Dolan and Gendering Performance; Méabh Ní Fhuartháin
7. A Postmodern Crisis of Irish Masculinity: Patrick McCabe's Winterwood; Annabel Sheehan
8. From Violent Masculinites to Gynandricity? Watermark by Sean O'ReillY; Fiona McCann
9. Sons of the Tiger: Performing Neoliberalism, Post-feminism, and Masculinity in 'Crisis' in Contemporary Irish Theatre; Cormac O'Brien
10. Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Unwanted Reflections in The Boys of Foley Street; Miriam Haughton
11. Body of Evidence: Performing Hunger; Emilie Pine
12. Othering Masculinity in the Multicultural Irish Thriller; Zélie Asava
13. From Symbol to Symptom – Changing Representations of Fatherhood in Recent Irish Cinema; Ruth Barton
14. 'He's a Good Soldier, He Cares about the Future': Post-Feminist Masculinities, the IRA Man and 'Peace' in Northern Ireland; Sarah Edge
15. Pure Male: Masculine Spaces and Stasis in Eugene O'Brien's Pure Mule (2005); Barry Monahan
16. Adjusting Men and Abiding Mammies: Gendering the Recession in Ireland; Diane Negra

Zélie Asava, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Ruth Barton, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Sean Campbell, Anglia Ruskin, UK
Michael G Cronin, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Sarah Edge, University of Ulster, UK
Miriam Haughton, NUI Galway, Ireland
Conn Holohan, NUI Galway, Ireland
Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, NUI Galway, Ireland
Emilie Pine, University College Dublin, Ireland
Diane Negra, University College Dublin, Ireland
Allison Macleod, University of Glasgow, UK
Fiona McCann, Université de Lille 3, France
Martin McLoone, University of Ulster, UK
Noel McLaughlin, Northumbria University, UK
Barry Monahan, University College Cork, Ireland
Cormac O'Brien, University College Dublin, Ireland
Emilie Pine, University College Dublin, Ireland
Annabel Sheehan, NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Tony Tracy, NUI Galway, Ireland
Jeannine Woods, NUI Galway, Ireland


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