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Crossroads
Performance Studies and Irish Culture
Edited by Sara Brady and Fintan Walsh
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
27 Aug 2009
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£66.00
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9780230219984
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30 May 2014
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9781137425713
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In the expansive and expanding field of Irish studies, performance has typically featured as drama, theatre, dance and music. Yet the categories of 'Irish culture' and 'Irishness' are highly performative, effected through a wide range of social practices, cultural formations, discursive utterances, and in timely need of critical address. As social and political change continue to have enormous effects on Ireland and its diaspora, it has become more important than ever to engage with performances in and of Irish culture.

Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture examines Irish culture through some of the paradigms and vocabularies offered by performance studies. As the title of the book makes clear, Brady and Walsh return to the evocative metaphor of crossroads to signal the intersection of disciplines. The roads mapped here are metaphorical and real, multiple and mobile. Practices, epistemologies, temporalities, geographies, and identities splinter in their wake, clearing the ground for the emergence of nuanced understandings of performance and cultural politics.


Description

In the expansive and expanding field of Irish studies, performance has typically featured as drama, theatre, dance and music. Yet the categories of 'Irish culture' and 'Irishness' are highly performative, effected through a wide range of social practices, cultural formations, discursive utterances, and in timely need of critical address. As social and political change continue to have enormous effects on Ireland and its diaspora, it has become more important than ever to engage with performances in and of Irish culture.

Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture examines Irish culture through some of the paradigms and vocabularies offered by performance studies. As the title of the book makes clear, Brady and Walsh return to the evocative metaphor of crossroads to signal the intersection of disciplines. The roads mapped here are metaphorical and real, multiple and mobile. Practices, epistemologies, temporalities, geographies, and identities splinter in their wake, clearing the ground for the emergence of nuanced understandings of performance and cultural politics.


Reviews

'An engrossing, lively, timely, and important collection. The editors have chosen well - the book enriches our understanding of Ireland across a broad range of cultural activities. The essays exemplify, probe, illuminate, and analyze the very rich performative landscape of Ireland. This book opens up new vistas to scholars of performance studies and Irish studies - and to anyone else wanting to learn more about the ebullient action of Irish culture.'
- Richard Schechner, Editor, TDR; University Professor, Performance Studies, New York University, USA


'This book has the energy and excitement of a newly discovered mine of research, that of Irish performance studies. Interdisciplinary and eclectic in scope, the collection analyzes past and contemporary performances of Irish culture. The lens of performance studies presents Irish identities and traditions in the making, at once historically located and continually changing in the light of contemporary interpretations, conditions and urgencies. This collection offers striking juxtapositions and theoretical frameworks which offer new insights into the making of Irish culture - past and present.'
- Professor Anna McMullan, Queens University Belfast, UK

 
'Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture offers a compelling argument for the application of performance paradigms to Irish culture... a gratifying collection of essays which will reward those engaged in any aspect of Irish studies...The crossroads evoked by this collection certainly offer interesting new directions which open out to enriching possibilities through the intersection of performance studies and culture.' - Shonagh Hill, Platform
 
 
'...a sophisticated reading...' Irish Theatre Magazine


Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Performance Studies and Irish Culture; F.Walsh with S.Brady
PART I: TRADITION, RITUAL AND PLAY
Performing Ireland: A Performative Approach to the Study of Irish Culture; J.Santino
Performing Tradition; B.Sweeney
Sporting 'Irish' Identities: Performance and the Gaelic Games; S.Brady
'It's beyond Candide it's Švejk': Wise Foolery in the Work of Jack Lynch, Storyteller; M.Wilson
Traditional Irish Music in the 21st Century: Networks, Technology, and the Negotiation of Authenticity; S.Spencer
PART II: PLACE, LANDSCAPE AND COMMEMORATION
'Tapping Secrecies of Stone': Irish Roads as Performances of Movement, Measurement, and Memory; J.Morrison
Commemoration and the Performance of Irish Famine Memory; E.M.FitzGerald
Embodying the Past for the Tourist Gaze: Performing History and Commemorations of Violence at Free Derry Corner; M.Spangler
St Patrick's Purgatory and the Performance of Pilgrimage; D.Cregan
PART III: POLITICAL PERFORMANCES
Word, Voice, Book, and Act: De Valera and the Oath; A.Pulju
Between the Living and the Dead: Performative 'in-betweens' in the Work of Alastair MacLennan; C.Szabó
The Bio-politics of Performing Irish-ness; M.Causey
PART IV: GENDER, FEMINISM, AND QUEER PERFORMANCE
Ghosting Bridgie Cleary: Tom Mac Intyre and Staging this Woman's Death; C.McIvor
Challenging Patriarchal Imagery: Amanda Coogan's Performance Art; G.C.Novati
Homelysexuality and the 'Beauty' Pageant; F.Walsh
PART V: DIASPORA, MIGRATION, GLOBALIZATION
Taking Northern Irish Identity on the Road: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival of 2007; E.Moore Quinn
Who's Laughing at What?: Currents of Humour in African-Irish Theatre; E.Weitz
Parading Multicultural Ireland: Identity Politics and National Agendas in the 2007 St Patrick's Festival; H.Maples
Index


Authors

SARA BRADY is Lecturer in Drama Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
FINTAN WALSH is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where he also teaches.