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  • 9 Nov 2020
    Paige Reynolds

    “in these uncertain times”: Twenty-First-Century Irish Writing, Performance, and Criticism

    The New Irish Studies powerfully demonstrates how thoughtful close readings and diverse critical approaches enhance our understanding of twenty-first-century Irish writing. Across recent decades, the Republic and Northern Ireland have experienced monumental cultural, economic, and political transformations. Amid these, Irish literature has flourished, drawing international audiences and accolades for a wide array of writers publishing […]

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  • 22 May 2020
    Eric Falci

    Poetry, Calamity, and Vicarious Life

    As the scope and intensity of the coronavirus pandemic became more terribly apparent, and as I like so many others hunkered down at home and tried to get my head around these new and frightening conditions, I first looked around for books and texts that spoke more directly to the situation. Like so many others, […]

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  • 20 May 2020
    Moyra Haslett

    Judging a book by its cover

    I like to think that much of what this book offers – Irish Literature in Transition, 1700-1780 – is suggested in the image which illustrates its dust-jacket: an engraved copy of Philip Mercier’s painting of the Irish actor Robert Wilks in the part of Captain Plume in Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer (1706). Both actor and […]

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  • 15 May 2020
    Catherine Flynn

    Joyce and Pandemics

    In the last chapter of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus misquotes a line from Thomas Nash’s “Litany in Time of Plague.” Nash wrote the poem during one of a series of bubonic plagues that beset London in the sixteenth century and the poem is fixated on death as […]

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  • 7 May 2020
    Chris Morash


    One of the most best-known conversations about Dublin took place in Zürich, when James Joyce was walking down Universitätstrasse with his friend Frank Budgen. “I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete,” Joyce famously told him, “that if the city suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.” […]

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  • 22 Aug 2017
    Emilie Morin

    Beckett’s Political Imagination

    This book was a long time in the making – the research and writing took about ten years – and the ideas that gave rise to it go back even further, to the first time I read Beckett (nothing glamorous: this was a chance encounter involving a rainy holiday and a box of books left […]

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  • 7 Oct 2016

    The Letters of Samuel Beckett launch in Paris

    Last week we celebrated the launch of the fourth and final volume in the acclaimed series ‘The Letters of Samuel Beckett’. The project has taken around 20 years to complete, and a few staff members from the Press attended the celebrations in Paris along with the volume’s editors George Craig and Dan Gunn. There were […]

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  • 5 Oct 2016

    Video interview with editor Dan Gunn

    In this interview editor Dan Gunn talks about The Letters of Samuel Beckett series and the future of Beckett scholarship

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