ArticlePublished in Dublin by the prominent Catholic printing firm of James Hoey, "The Adventures of Miss Sophia Berkley" (1760) has been identified in recent years as an earlier Irish gothic fiction than Horace Walpole's putatively pioneering gothic n[...]
ArticleObserving fulmars in Orkney.
ArticleMary Lavin's stories subtly suggest that the rural idyll that De Valera dreamed of cannot materialise. The past plays heavy on the modernity promised, and through Lavin's ecocritical eye, it creeps in to each of her stories like the ‘powdery gre[...]
ArticleHumour is a key facet of John Banville's aesthetic but is currently an under-researched aspect of his oeuvre. Few critics devote sustained attention to the role of comedy in Banville's prose; most pay lip service to humour before moving on to mo[...]
ArticleThis article solely focuses on Seamus Heaney's ‘Route 110’ sequence from his final collection of poetry, "Human Chain". The sequence is broadly founded in memory and sees the poet revisit a series of significant instances from his life. It can b[...]
ArticleIrish science fiction is a relatively unexplored area for Irish Studies, a situation partially rectified by the publication of Jack Fennell's "Irish Science Fiction" in 2014. This article aims to continue the conversation begun by Fennell's inte[...]
ArticleBrian Dillon, Naoise Dolan, Anne Enright, Patrick Freyne, Sinéad Gleeson, Selina Guinness, Roisin Kiberd and Susan McKay on England and its influences in the shadow of Brexit.
ArticleThis article considers the work of Irish writer and feminist Maeve Kelly arguing that she has been not only a radical and, to some extent, seminal voice within modern Irish writing, but an author whose work self-consciously reflects upon the pro[...]
ArticleThroughout his long and varied playwriting career, Frank McGuinness has made extensive use of music from a plurality of genres. Music plays a variety of roles in the plays, supporting and enriching dramatic themes and moods. The music of Irish E[...]
ArticleThe focus of the overwhelming majority of critical commentary on Mary Lavin's work has been on her short stories. Her poetry, however, can give us insight into Lavin's development as a writer, showing early stages of experiments with themes and [...]
ArticleFeminist critics have celebrated Kate O'Brien's pioneering approach to gender and sexuality, yet there has been little exploration of her innovations of the coming-of-age narrative. Creating a modern Irish reworking of the "Bildungsroman", O'Bri[...]
ArticleThis article traces the connections between defiant femininity, indeterminacy, and the theme of secrecy in Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's collection "The Boys of Bluehill" (2015). In particular, it analyses the secret as the main poetic device used by[...]
ArticleThis article explores the gender politics of a neglected one-act play by Teresa Deevy, first staged at the Abbey in 1931, that revolves around the young female protagonist's recollection of a convent production of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" in w[...]
ArticleThis article focuses on strictures pertaining to reproduction and childbirth in Tom Murphy's "On the Outside" (1959), "On the Inside" (1974), and "Bailegangaire" (1985), and Mary Leland's "The Killeen" (1985), and the relevance of such to clande[...]