By David Alderson, Fiona Becket, Scott Brewster, Virginia Crossman

ISBN-10: 0203005619

ISBN-13: 9780203005613

ISBN-10: 0415189586

ISBN-13: 9780415189583

Ireland in Proximity surveys and develops the increasing box of Irish experiences, reviewing current debates in the self-discipline and offering new avenues for exploration. Drawing on various disciplinary and theoretical methods, this striking number of essays makes an cutting edge contribution to 3 parts of present, and infrequently contentious, debate inside of Irish reviews. This available quantity illustrates the range of considering on Irish historical past, tradition and identification. by means of invoking theoretical views together with psychoanalysis, cultural theories of house, postcoloniality and theories of gender and sexual distinction, the gathering deals clean views on confirmed matters and brings new and under-represented parts of serious problem to the fore. bankruptcy matters contain: * sexuality and gender identities * the historiographical matters surrounding the Famine * the Irish diaspora * theories of house on the subject of Ulster and past. individuals inlcude: David Alderson, Aidan Arrowsmith, Caitriona Beaumont, Fiona Becket, Scott Brewster, Dan Baron Cohen, Mary Corcoran, Virginia Crossman, Richard Kirkland, David Lloyd, Patrick McNally, Elisabeth Mahoney, Willy Maley, Shaun Richards, Éibhear Walshe.

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The philosophy of patriotism was outlined most comprehensively perhaps by Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke. The substantial amount of opposition literature produced by Bolingbroke during the ascendancy of Robert Walpole is generally regarded as the most influential patriotic political writing in Britain and Ireland during the first half of the eighteenth century (Cottret 1997). Certainly the writings and speeches of Swift (a close friend of Bolingbroke), Charles Lucas, Henry Grattan and even Theobald Wolfe Tone all display the influence of Bolingbroke.

One must pluralise, and speak in the particular, so that specific forms or manifestations of nationalism and of violence are analysed. The key is to view matters in terms of variety rather than verity. Seamus Deane is one of a number of critics who see a striking resemblance between revisionists and nationalists: ‘Revisionists are nationalists despite themselves; by refusing to be Irish nationalists, they simply become defenders of Ulster or British nationalism, thereby switching sides in the dispute while believing themselves to be switching the terms of it’ (Deane 1994:242).

Coming back to the two quotations with which I began, the question is whether burying or suppressing something resolves anything. In his monumental Specters of Marx Derrida meditates on The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, which is riddled with references to spectres and the dead, beginning with the famous remark that: ‘The tradition of the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living’ (Derrida 1994:108). But having said this, Marx goes on to call for a revolution that would not look to the past for its language and its Nationalism and revisionism 25 models, but would model itself instead on the future, ‘stripped of all superstition about the past’, abandoning ‘world-historical necromancy’.

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