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Daniel Defoe and the Representation of Personal Identity by Christopher Borsing (Routledge, 2016)

The concept of a personal identity was a contentious issue in the early eighteenth century. John Locke’s philosophical discussion of personal identity in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding fostered a public debate upon the status of an immortal Christian soul. This book argues that Defoe, like many of this age, had religious difficulties with Locke’s empiricist analysis of human identity. In particular, it examines how Defoe explores competitive individualism as a social threat while also demonstrating the literary and psychological fiction of any concept of a separated, lone identity.

'Inspiring a Mysterious Terror': 200 Years of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Reimagining Ireland) eds. Jarlath Killeen and Valeria Cavalli (Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2016)

Best known for his Gothic masterpiece Uncle Silas and the vampire story Carmilla, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was a prolific writer whose extensive body of work included historical, sensation and horror novels, poems and ballads, numerous stories of the supernatural, journalism and a verse-drama. The main aim of the collection is to read Le Fanu in the round, expanding the critical focus away from its current obsession with a small proportion of his work and taking account of the full extent of his writing, from his other Gothic novels, The Rose and the Key, Haunted Lives and A Lost Name, to his short stories and journalism.

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre eds. Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash (Oxford University Press, 2016)

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre provides the single most comprehensive survey of the field to be found in a single volume. Drawing on more than forty contributors from around the world, the book addresses a full range of topics relating to modern Irish theatre from the late nineteenth-century theatre to the most recent works of postdramatic devised theatre.

Westmorland Alone by Ian Sansom (HarperCollins, 2016)

‘Beautifully crafted by Sansom, Professor Morley promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now’ Daily Mail. Welcome to Westmorland. Perhaps the most scenic county in England! Home of the poets! Land of the great artists! District of the Great lakes! And the scene of a mysterious crime… Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, once again sets off in his Lagonda to continue his history of England, The County Guides.

Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time by Tom Walker (Oxford University Press, 2015)

This study focuses on Louis MacNeice's creative and critical engagement with other Irish poets during his lifetime. It draws on extensive archival research to uncover the previously unrecognised extent of the poet's contact with Irish literary mores and networks.

Literary Salons Across Britain and Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century by Amy Prendergast (Palgrave, 2015)

The eighteenth-century salon played an important role in shaping literary culture, while both creating and sustaining transnational intellectual networks. Focusing on archival materials, this book is the first detailed examination of the literary salon in Ireland, considered in the wider contexts of contemporary salon culture in Britain and France.

All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories ed. Deirdre Madden (Faber and Faber, 2015)

This anthology of new Irish short stories is the fifth in a series established by the late David Marcus. All the stories were commissioned for the book which features the work of both new and established writers, including Colm Toibin, Mary Morrissy and Eoin McNamee. It also includes work by Eileen Casey, Andrew Fox and other alumni of the MPhil in Creative Writing in the Oscar Wilde Centre, where Deirdre Madden teaches.

The Stoic Man by Gerald Dawe (Lagan Press, 2015)

The Stoic Man is Gerald Dawe’s retrospective on the Northern Irish society in which he grew up during the 1950s and ’60s, set alongside a portrait of the west of Ireland where he settled in the early 1970s and concludes with some views of Irish writing and present day Ireland as seen from the poet’s home in County Dublin.

Anglo-Saxon Emotions by Alice Jorgensen, Frances McCormack and Jonathan Wilcox (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2015)

Research into the emotions is beginning to gain momentum in Anglo-Saxon studies . In order to integrate early medieval Britain into the wider scholarly research into the history of emotions (a major theme in other fields and a key field in interdisciplinary studies), this volume brings together established scholars, who have already made significant contributions to the study of Anglo-Saxon mental and emotional life, with younger scholars.

Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace by Philip Coleman (Salem Press, 2015)

This collection of essays contributes to a global discussion concerning the value and meaning of David Foster Wallace’s work, providing fresh readings and insights on texts that have already received considerable critical attention but also advancing new ways of understanding one of the most important American writers of the late twentieth century.

Of War and War's Alarms: Reflecting on Modern Irish Writing by Gerald Dawe (Cork University Press, 2015)

Gerald Dawe's Of War and War's Alarms is a unique study of war and revolution and their impact on the writing lives of Irish poets and novelists from WW1 and the Easter Rising through the War of Independence to the Spanish Civil War, WWII and the Northern 'Troubles'.These timely reflections on literature in wartime include such figures as W B Yeats, Thomas MacGreevy, Seamus Heaney along with Francis Ledwidge, Charles Donnelly and Padraic Fiacc, Benedict Kiely, William Trevor, John Hewitt and Christabel Bielenberg. Of War and War's Alarms is a fascinating narrative that builds upon Gerald Dawe's achievement in his original ground-breaking anthology of Irish war poems, Earth Voices Whispering.

Latin Psalter Manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library by Laura Cleaver and Helen Conrad O'Briain (Four Courts Press, 2015)

The book of Psalms was at the core of devotional practice in western Christianity throughout the Middle Ages. The study of medieval Latin Psalters provides evidence for the owners, users and makers of each of these unique books. This volume examines Psalter manuscripts as objects, exploring how they were designed and the changes that have been made to them over time. The choices made about text, decoration, size and layout in these manuscripts reveal a diverse range of engagements with the Psalms, as they were sung, read and scrutinized.

Early Poems by Gerald Dawe (Lagan Press, 2015)

Early Poems charts Gerald Dawe's original mapping of his Belfast upbringing in the 1950s and 1960s through the difficulties of the Northern Irish Troubles to his moving to the west of Ireland in the 1970s. Early Poems prefigures the poet s singular achievement in such distinctive volumes as The Morning Train, Lake Geneva and Mickey Finn's Air (published by The Gallery Press). 'Serious, often grave, but inculcated with such sympathy and passion and affection that any obscurity is the enemy. It s as if what Gerald Dawe has to tell us is so vital that clarity such a virtue is a moral matter' - Richard Ford

Melville: Fashioning in Modernity by Stephen Matterson (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014)

Melville: Fashioning in Modernity considers all of the major fiction with a concentration on lesser-known work, and provides a radically fresh approach to Melville, focusing on: clothing as socially symbolic; dress, power and class; the transgressive nature of dress; inappropriate clothing; the meaning of uniform; the multiplicity of identity that dress may represent; anxiety and modernity. The representation of clothing in the fiction is central to some of Melville's major themes; the relation between private and public identity, social inequality and how this is maintained; the relation between power, justice and authority; the relation between the 'civilized' and the 'savage.'

Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock by Clare Clarke (Palgrave MacMillan UK, 2014)

The 1880s and 1890s were the years in which detective fiction firmly established itself as a genre and sealed its popularity with the reading public. Late-Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock, 1885 - 1900 investigates representations of detectives and criminals in both canonical and forgotten crime fiction at this key juncture, challenging studies which have given undue prominence to a handful of key figures. These fascinating Shadows of Sherlock showcase the often wholly overlooked formal and moral diversity of late-Victorian crime writing, forcing us to rethink our preconceptions about what the nineteenth-century detective genre is and does. Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock was awarded the HRF Keating Prize in 2015.

Seán O'Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s by Paul Delaney (Irish Academic Press, 2014)

This innovative new study provides a detailed interrogation of the texts that Seán O'Faoláin wrote during the 1930s – the decade that was crucial for his emergence as a prose writer. During this decade, O'Faoláin produced some of his most important work, including the highly-influential biography of Daniel O'Connell, King of the Beggars, two seminal collections of short stories, Midsummer Night Madness and A Purse of Coppers, and the controversial, banned novel Bird Alone. Exploring the sum of O'Faoláin's work over this decade, this book provides a comprehensive re-reading which is original and timely. O'Faoláin's reflections on critical themes, including decolonization, freedom of expression, cultural inheritance, and the relationship between Church and State, are contextualized and teased out in accessible fashion. What emerges, in consequence, is the complex legacy but also the enduring significance of this once towering figure in contemporary Ireland.

Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson by Darryl Jones (Oxford University Press, 2014)

A unique and wide-ranging anthology of horror fiction from the Victorian and Edwardian periods that embraces the diversity of the developing genre to showcase its terrifying achievements. Includes all horror types from supernatural tales and ghost stories to scientific horror and mad doctor tales, to psychological horror and colonial horror.

Pearls of Print Culture: Book, Print and Publishing History in Theory and Practice eds. Jason McElligott and Eve Patten (Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2014)

This collection of essays illustrates pressures and concerns – both practical and theoretical – in the fast-developing area of print culture studies. As the editors suggest in a provocative introductory essay, such issues range from the reliability of digitized resources and the limiting parameters of 'national' book history to the varied definitions of 'print culture' itself. Contributors include leading experts in the field such as Leslie Howsam, James Raven, David Finkelstein and Toby Barnard.

Mickey Finn's Air by Gerald Dawe (The Gallery Press, 2014)

Serious, often grave, but inculcated with such sympathy and passion and affection that any obscurity is the enemy. It's as if what Gerald Dawe has to tell us is so vital that clarity — such a virtue — is a moral matter. — Richard Ford Mickey Finn's Air, Gerald Dawe's eighth collection of poems, revels in how memory plays tricks with the passing of time as traces of the past are restored in the mind's eye like 'the torc's beaten gold.' Bearing the loss of loved ones and the pressures 'of the way things are;' Mickey Finn's Air makes a 'simple arc of sun.' From the encompassing vision of home life in 'Déjà Vu' through the startling landscapes of a remembered Galway to the present day worlds of south county Dublin and the American east coast, 'everything becomes new once more.' As Fiona Sampson remarked of Gerald Dawe's Selected Poems— Emotional intelligence will always distinguish the truly important poet.

Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays, ed. Jarlath Killeen (Four Courts Press, 2014)

The main aim of the collection is to read Stoker in the round, expanding the critical focus away from an exclusive obsession with Dracula and taking account of the full extent of Stoker's writing, from his other Gothic novels, The Lair of the White Worm and The Snake's Pass, to his short stories and journalism, and his romances Miss Betty, Lady Athlyne and The shoulder of Shasta. Where Dracula is considered, new scholarship is presented by the leading experts on that novel. The main aim of the collection is to read Stoker in the round, expanding the critical focus away from an exclusive obsession with Dracula and taking account of the full extent of Stoker's writing, from his other Gothic novels, The Lair of the White Worm and The Snake's Pass, to his short stories and journalism, and his romances Miss Betty, Lady Athlyne and The shoulder of Shasta. Where Dracula is considered, new scholarship is presented by the leading experts on that novel.

The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction, by Jarlath Killeen (Edinburgh University Press, 2014)

This book provides a robustly theorised and thoroughly historicised account of the 'beginnings' of Irish Gothic fiction, maps the theoretical terrain covered by other critics, and puts forward a new history of the emergence of the genre in Ireland.

Mapping Irish Theatre by Chris Morash and Shaun Richards (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Drawing on theorists of space such as Henri Lefebvre and Yi-Fu Tuan, in Mapping Irish Theatre: Theories of Space and Place, Chris Morash and Shaun Richards argue that theatre is 'a machine for making place from space.' Concentrating on Irish theatre, the book looks at how this Irish sense of place took shape in the theatre of Yeats, Synge and their contemporaries, before moving on to consider what it means for Irish theatre that this spatial formation has begun to fade – when a 'sense of place' is replaced by a 'flourescence of place,' where 'flouresence' is understoood to be light emitted by a dying particle. In the course of mapping this history of change, Chris Morash and Shaun Richards propose an original theory of theatrical space, whose implications extend beyond Irish theatre and culture.

Ireland, West to East: Irish Cultural Connections with Central and Eastern Europe, eds. Aidan O'Malley and Eve Patten (Oxford, 2014)

This volume of essays illuminates a long and diverse history of cultural communication between these two regions, tracing several of the literary, artistic and political relationships which have linked them since the early nineteenth century. In its focus on the varied forms of connection between these two peripheries of Europe, the book recalibrates the map of Irish cultural experience, and in doing so, looks to develop theoretical understandings of modern Irish culture beyond the limits of a geographical boundary.

John Berryman's Public Vision: Relocating 'the scene of disorder' by Philip Coleman (University College Dublin Press, 2014)

Drawing on published and previously unpublished manuscript sources in poetry and prose, John Berryman's Public Vision offers an original reappraisal of an important twentieth-century American poet's work. Challenging the confessional labelling of him that has dominated his critical reception and popular perception for decades, the book argues that Berryman (1914-72) had a far greater concern for developments in the public sphere than has previously been acknowledged. It reassesses the poet's engagements with W.B. Yeats and Robert Bhain Campbell in the 1940s and offers radical re- contexualisations of Berryman's work from every stage of his career.

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Forest and the City, eds. Helen Conrad O'Briain and Gerard Hynes (Fourt Courts Press, 2014)

Despite Tolkien's association with the natural world, Middle-earth as a landscape and built environment has been relatively neglected critically. Tolkien: the Forest and the City presents new work by some of the finest established scholars in the field as well as research by a number of young emerging scholars, addressing this neglect. From philology to eco-criticism this collection explores the interaction of culture and nature that imbues Tolkien's secondary world with meaning and an immediacy rivaling our own.

Home on the Stage: Domestic Spaces in Modern Drama by Nicholas Grene (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

As a serious drama set in an ordinary middle-class home, Ibsen's A Doll's House established a new politics of the interior that was to have a lasting impact upon twentieth-century drama. In this innovative study, Nicholas Grene traces the changing forms of the home on the stage through nine of the greatest of modern plays and playwrights. Shortlisted for the 2014 Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize.

Berryman's Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse ed. Philip Coleman (Arlen House, 2014)

Gathering together poems by over fifty poets, Berryman’s Fate is at once a testament to John Berryman’s living presence in contemporary poetic culture and a gift on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. Contributors include Paul Muldoon, John Montague, Paula Meehan, and Martin Dyar.

Children's Literature and New York City, ed. Pádraic Whyte and Keith O'Sullivan (Routledge, 2014)

This collection explores the significance of New York City in children's literature, stressing literary, political, and societal influences on writing for young people from the twentieth century to the present day. It examines not only dominant themes, motifs, and tropes, but also the different narrative methods employed to tell readers about the history, function, physical structure, and conceptualization of New York City, acknowledging the shared or symbiotic relationship between literature and the city: just as literature can give imaginative 'reality' to the city, the city has the potential to shape the literary text.

Irish Women's Fiction: Edgeworth to Enright, by Heather Ingman (Irish Academic Press, 2013)

Irish Women's Fiction examines women's novels up to and following the establishment of the Irish state, the period of the Second World War, the Second Wave of feminism in the 1970s, to postmodernism in the 1990s and the writing of the Celtic Tiger era. Describing the circumstances of women's writing lives, as well as the themes with which they deal, the book discusses both literary and popular fiction.

Joyce's Nietzschean Ethics by Sam Slote (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

This is the first book-length treatment of James Joyce's multiplicity of styles through the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, the pre-eminent philosopher of style and perspectivism. Sam Slote argues that the range of styles Joyce deploys throughout his works has an ethical dimension. Rather than an influence study, this book concerns Joyce's engagement with issues and problems that are central throughout Nietzsche's works. Deeply informed and wide in its range of reference, Sam Slote's new book reveals the variety of filiations between Nietzsche and Joyce. In doing so, it not only sheds light on many aspects of Joyce's major works, but also inspires us to read Nietzsche anew - and differently. Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University.

The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture by Bernice M. Murphy (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2013

The North American wilderness has often served as the setting for narratives in which the boundaries between order and chaos, savagery and civilization are torn down, and the natural world becomes a threat to physical and moral safety. The Rural Gothic argues that the complex and often negative responses early European settlers expressed toward the North American Wilderness continues to influence horror and gothic narratives to this day. The book undertakes a detailed and historically grounded analysis of key literary and filmic texts. The works of authors such as Mary Rowlandson, Charles Brockden Brown and Nathaniel Hawthorne are discussed, as are the origins and characteristics of the backwoods horror film and post-1960s eco-horror.

Derrida and Joyce: Texts and Contexts eds. Sam Slote and Andrew J. Mitchell (Albany: SUNY Press, 2013

All of Derrida's texts on Joyce together under one cover in fresh, new translations, along with nine essays by leading scholars from across the humanities addressing Derrida's treatments of Joyce throughout his work, and two remembrances of lectures devoted to Joyce that Derrida gave in 1982 and 1984.

William Trevor: Revaluations, eds. Paul Delaney and Michael Parker (Manchester University Press, 2013)

William Trevor: Revaluations offers a comprehensive examination of the oeuvre of one of the most accomplished and celebrated contemporary prose writers in the English language. The book draws on a team of distinguished, international scholars, and combines discussions of individual texts with overviews of key tropes and themes in Trevor's novels, screenplays and short stories. Essays are provided by Hermione Lee, George O'Brien, Lyn Innes, Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, Lance Pettitt, Tina O'Toole, Michael O'Neill, Derek Hand, Jennifer Jeffers, Tom Herron, and Heidi Hansson, as well as by each of the co-editors. The book situates Trevor's writing within the contexts of both Irish and English cultures, stressing its transnational significance and contemporary compass.

Time Present and Past, by Deirdre Madden (Faber and Faber, 2013)

Time Present and Time Past is Deirdre Madden's eighth novel. Set in Dublin in the spring of 2006 it seeks not to portray the economic boom and subsequent recession, but to set these events in a larger and more visionary context; and to explore the nature of time. Autochromes - early colour photographs – are one of the devices used in the course of the novel to this end, and the jacket image is an autochrome of an apple sitting on a mirror, taken in 1907. To mark the publication of this novel, Faber republished three of Deirdre Madden's earlier novels with new jackets, all showing early colour photographs.

M.R.James Collected Ghost Stories, edited with an introduction and notes by Daryl Jones (Oxford University Press, 2013)

M. R. James is the greatest ghost-story writer in English. This is the first ever single-volume critical edition of his collected works, with a wide-ranging introduction and comprehensive annotations. The book has been widely- and extremely well-reviewed, and was the subject of a long review essay (by Anthony Lane) in the New Yorker magazine, and a five-star review in the Daily Telegraph. It has been called 'outstanding' (Boyd Tonkin, Independent), 'excellently introduced and annotated'(Peter Kemp, Sunday Times), 'first-rate' (Ferdinand Mount, London Review of Books) and 'definitive' (Politico). The newly-issued paperback edition was named the Guardian's 'Book of the Week' (Nicholas Lezard, 1 October 2013).

Imperial Refugee: Olivia Manning's Fictions of War, by Eve Patten (Cork University Press, 2012)

Olivia Manning (1908-1980), author of the Fortunes of War novel sequence, was a leading chronicler of Britain's political, military and cultural role abroad during the Second World War. Drawing on a wide range of archival sources, this book covers her experiences in wartime Bucharest, Athens, Cairo and Jerusalem, examining in each location the social and political landscapes of her fiction and charting her relationships with fellow writers such as Stevie Smith, Arthur Koestler, Elizabeth Bowen and Lawrence Durrell.

Selected Poems, by Gerald Dawe (Gallery Press, 2012)

Since its first appearance in book form in 1978 Gerald Dawe's poetry has been praised for its feeling of unpadded completeness and unforced structure (Alastair MacLean, TLS). His achievement has been described by Dennis O'Driscoll as brave and risk-taking, finely tuned and perfectly pitched and, by John McAuliffe, as serious and seriously enjoyable. Selected Poems is a generous representation of this gifted poet's work. Spanning over thirty-five years, in poems that move through Irish city and country life — Belfast, Galway, Dublin —to Italian, Swiss and Polish landscapes and the American east coast, both of the present and ranging through the past half-century, Gerald Dawe's clear and unadorned voice — in the words of Terence Brown — articulates an imagination of European scope.

Ulysses, by James Joyce (London: Alma Classics, 2012)

Joyce's masterpiece is here presented in its 1939 version with 9,000 all-new annotations by Sam Slote. 'Anyone looking for an accurate, annotated Ulysses will find one here and be grateful to Sam Slote for condensing so much information.' Times Literary Supplement. 'Slote's annotations are by far the most systematic, the most thorough, the most scholarly, of any single-volume Ulysses. He has a very good feel for the things a reader might like to know.' The Irish Times.

Abberation in Modern Poetry, eds. Lucy Collins and Stephen Matterson (Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2012)

This collection of essays considers aberrational elements in a poet's oeuvre. With an introductory essay exploring aberration, the fourteen contributions investigate the work of major 20th-century poets from the U.S., Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Aberration is considered from the standpoint of both the artist and the audience, prompting discussion on a range of important issues, including canon- formation. The essays explore the aberrant work and the ways in which it challenges, enlarges or supports the overall perception of the poet.

Forever Young? The Changing Images of America, eds. Philip Coleman and Stephen Matterson (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012)

This volume of essays has its origin in the 2010 Biennial Conference of the European Association for American Studies. With contributions from scholars from around the world, the topics addressed include the interactions between youth and age; the idealization of youth in American culture; the relationship between war and youth; the cultural constructions of youth and age. The essays also examine the ways that Americanness has been constructed from a wide range of contexts, including Turkey, Mexico, China, and the United States itself.

Beautiful Strangers: Ireland and the World of the Fifties, eds. Gerald Dawe, Darryl Jones and Nora Pelizzari (Peter Lang: Oxford, 2012)

This groundbreaking collection examines popular and literary culture in the 1950s through the lens of postwar Ireland. The 1950s are at once a site of cultural nostalgia and of vital relevance to twenty-first-century readers. The diverse essays collected here offer insight into the artistic effects of austerity on both creators and consumers of 1950s culture, examining cultural production in Britain and the United States as well as Ireland. The first book of its kind, it blends critical analysis with cultural memory of a unique time in the history of Irish literature and the broader world. From Samuel Beckett to Elvis Presley and Movement poetry to bestselling science fiction, this volume highlights the crucial role Ireland played in the growth of literary and popular culture throughout this fascinating decade and beyond.

Synge & Edwardian Ireland, eds. Brian Cliff and Nicholas Grene (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Synge and Edwardian Ireland is the first book to explore the cultural life of Edwardian Ireland as a distinctive period. By emphasizing several less familiar contexts for J.M. Synge's work, this collection shows how the Revival's preoccupation with folk culture intersected with the new networks of mass communication in the late imperial world. Often misunderstood as apolitical, Synge's work displays a romantic resistance to modernity alongside his more accurate observations of contemporary conditions. This book aims to change readers' sense of Synge's significance, and by doing so to illuminate in a quite new way the era of Edwardian Ireland during this period of rapid modernization.