Irish Literature Since 1990

Diverse voices

Edited by Michael Parker and Scott Brewster

Irish Literature Since 1990


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7563-6
  • Pages: 334
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £55.00
  • Published Date: March 2009
  • BIC Category: Comparative politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: general, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Politics, Literary studies: general


This volume explores the meaning of republicanism in contemporary Ireland. While this has often been identified simply with nationalism, the book examines the connections, comparisons and contrasts between Irish republicanism and other strands of republican politics: the ideology and practice of official French republicanism, the broader European and American civic republican tradition and the contemporary revival of this tradition of citizenship.

Academics from different disciplines, along with statesmen and politicians from different political perspectives, are brought together to examine the relationship of historical and contemporary Irish republicanism to the wider republican theoretical tradition. The book analyses the variety of, and changes in, political positions among those parties describing themselves as republican in Ireland in the twenty-first century and examines the possible relevance of the ideas of the broader republican tradition for future politics in Ireland, in the context of multiculturalism, economic globalisation and increasing regional and transnational governance.

It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the ideas at work in the evolution of Irish politics, North and South.


1. Introduction: putting Irish republicanism in a wider context - Iseult Honohan
Part I: The Irish tradition
2. An Irish republican tradition? - Tom Garvin
3. Reconsidering the Irish republican tradition - Margaret O'Callaghan
Part II: French republican ideology in practice
4. Republicanism and the French political tradition - Jeremy Jennings
5. Theorising French republican secularism - Cécile Laborde
Part III: Republican ideology in contemporary Ireland
6. The meanings of republicanism in contemporary Ireland - Gareth Ivory
7. Fianna Fáil and republicanism in the twentieth century - Martin Mansergh
8. Fine Gael - a republican party? - Catherine O'Donnell
9. Republican policies in practical politics: placing Sinn Féin in a European context - John Doyle
10. The Republican movement and the legacy of the Troubles - Henry Patterson
11. Civic and Irish republicanism - Garret FitzGerald


Iseult Honohan is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin

Irish Literature Since 1990

Edited by Michael Parker, Scott Brewster

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