New Research Publications from Trinity's Arts and Humanities Schools
Resisting Biopolitics: Philosophical, Political, and Performative Strategies
Professor Emeritus Steve Wilmer | School of Creative Arts | Published by Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy (March 2017)
The topic of biopolitics is a timely one, and it has become increasingly important for scholars to reconsider how life is objectified, mobilized, and otherwise bound up in politics. This cutting-edge volume discusses the philosophical, social, and political notions of biopolitics, as well as the ways in which biopower affects all aspects of our lives, including the relationships between the human and nonhuman, the concept of political subjectivity, and the connection between art, science, philosophy, and politics.
The International Politics of Human Trafficking
Dr Gillian Wylie | Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology | Published by Palgrave MacMillan (March 2017)
This book explores the international politics behind the identification of human trafficking as a major global problem. Since 2000, tackling human trafficking has spawned new legal, security and political architecture. This book is grounded in the premise that the intense response to this issue is at odds with the shaky statistics and contentious definitions underpinning it.
Feminism, Prostitution and the State: The Politics of Neo-Abolitionism
Edited by Dr Gillian Wylie & Ellis Ward | Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology | Published by Routledge Studies in Gender & Politics (March 2017)
This edited volume focuses on charting the rise of neo-abolitionism and offering a critique of the idea, its logics and consequences. A model of state policy which aims to abolish prostitution through legislation, Neo-abolitionism criminalises the buyer of sex but not the seller. It is currently law in Sweden and other Nordic states and dominates the framing of policy debates in many other Western liberal contexts. Pressure for adoption of this policy has come from radical feminists who understand prostitution and sex trafficking as a form of violence against women.
Masculinity and Power in Irish Nationalism, 1884 - 1938
Dr Aidan Beatty | School of Histories and Humanities | Published by Palgrave (November 2016)
Drawing on English, Irish and Hebrew language archival sources, this book is a comparative study of masculinity and white racial identity in Irish nationalism and Zionism. It analyses how national movements sought to refute widespread anti-Irish or anti-Jewish stereotypes and create more prideful and highly gendered images of respective nations.
Religion and Public Reason: A Comparison of the Positions of John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas and Paul Ricoeur
Professor Maureen Junker Kenny | School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology | Published by De Gruyter (December 2016)
This book compares three approaches to public reason and to the public space accorded to religions: the liberal platform of an overlapping consensus proposed by John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas’s discourse ethical reformulation of Kant’s universalism and its realization in the public sphere, and the cofounding role which Paul Ricoeur attributes to the particular traditions that have shaped their cultures and the convictions of citizens
Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture: Images of Learning in Europe, c.1100-1220
Dr Laura Cleaver | School of Histories and Humanities | Published by Boydell & Brewer (February 2016)
This book considers how and why education was explored in the art and architecture of the twelfth century. Through analysis of imagery in a wide range of media, it examines how teachers and students sought to use images to enhance their reputations and the status of their studies.
The Understanding of Ornament in the Italian Renaissance
Dr Clare Guest | Visiting Researcher, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies | Published by Brill (March 2016)
In this paradigm shifting study, developed through close textual readings and sensitive analysis of artworks, Clare Lapraik Guest re-evaluates the central role of ornament in pre-modern art and literature.
Latin Psalter manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library
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. The book thus sheds new light on some of the treasures of Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library.
Theatre and Laughter
Dr Eric Weitz | School of Drama, Film and Music | Published by Palgrave Macmillan (November 2015)
This stimulating introduction to laughter in theatre and performance examines laughter among actors, among audience, and the interaction between the two. Exploring the many uses and effects of laughter in theatre, Eric Weitz considers laughter as a tool of political resonance, as social commentary, and as one of the oldest rhetorical devices.
Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland
Prof Terry Barry | School of Histories and Humanities | Vicky McAlister | Southeast Missouri State University | Published by Four Courts Press (July 2015)
This volume is a selection of some of the most inspirational papers given at the first three Space and Settlement conferences held annually in the Trinity Long Room Hub. Each contribution represents the ‘new frontier’ of research in this growing field of academic endeavour, which broadly embraces the disciplines of history, geography and archaeology.
Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time
Dr Tom Walker | School of English | Published by Oxford University Press (September 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.
The Perfoming Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual, Towards the Real
Prof Matthew Causey and Néill O'Dwyer | School of Drama, Film and Music | Emma Meehan | Coventry University | Published by Palgrave Macmillan (July 2015)
The volume examines a wide range of activities, from bio-art to internet child pornography, gaming and social networking technologies to the use of motion-tracking in developing choreography and documentation. The authors draw from diverse perspectives in dance, theatre, performance, film and music studies, digital arts and culture.
The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues
Prof Vasilis Politis | Director, Plato Centre, TCD | Department of Philosophy | Published by Cambridge University Press (May 2015)
This book proposes and defends a radically new account of Plato's method of argument and enquiry in his early dialogues. It challenges the traditional account according to which these dialogues are basically about the demand for definitions, and questions the equally traditional view that what lies behind Plato's method of argument is a peculiar theory of knowledge.
The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism and the Socially Shaped Body
Dr Luna Dolezal | Irish Research Council / Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Durham University and the Trinity Long Room Hub | Published by Rowman & Littlefield (March 2015)
The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body investigates the concept of body shame and explores its significance when considering philosophical accounts of embodied subjectivity, especially aiming to provide phenomenological reflections on how the body is shaped by social forces.
Latin Psalter manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library
Dr Laura Cleaver | Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art, School of Histories and Humanities and Dr Helen Conrad O'Briain | School of English | Published by Four Courts Press
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.
Abstract Machine: Humanities GIS
Dr Charles Travis | Research Fellow, Trinity Long Room Hub | Published by Esri Press
In Abstract Machine, author Charles Travis uses GIS technology to interpret, analyze, and visualize literary, historical, and philosophical texts. Travis's study shows how mapping language patterns, fictional landscapes, geographic spaces, and philosophical concepts helps support critical analysis.
Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace
Edited by Dr Philip Coleman | Director M.Phil in Literatures of the Americas, School of English | Published by Salem Press (April 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.
Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy
Dr Susanne Colleary | School of Education | Published by Palgrave Macmillan (January 2015)
Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy examines the comic tradition of stand-up in and from modern-day Ireland. Using critical analyses of comedians including Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Maeve Higgins, Susanne Colleary's engaging new book explores the role of stand-up in contemporary culture and examines the role of the staged comic self in performance.
Descendancy: Irish Protestant Histories since 1795
Prof David Fitzpatrick | School of Histories and Humanities | Published by Cambridge University Press (November 2014)
This book examines Protestant loss of power and self-confidence in Ireland since 1795. David Fitzpatrick charts the declining power and influence of the Protestant community in Ireland and the strategies adopted in the face of this decline, presenting rich personal testimony that illustrates how individuals experienced and perceived 'descendancy'.
Home on the Stage: Domestic Spaces in Modern Drama
Prof Nicholas Grene | School of English | Cambridge University Press (October 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.
John Berryman's Public Vision
Dr Philip Coleman | Director M.Phil in Literatures of the Americas, School of English | Published by UCD Press (August 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.
Seán O’Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s
Dr Paul Delaney, Lecturer in Irish Writing | School of English | Published by the Irish Academic Press (October 2014)
This is an original and timely study of one of the most influential figures in 20th century Irish culture. Seán O’Faoláin’s rich and diverse career spanned many genres – biography, novels, short stories, travel writing and editorship of the hugely influential journal The Bell. Paul Delaney’s insightful study of the times and the themes make this a ground-breaking interpretation of the work of O’Faoláin.
Catholics of Consequence: Transnational Education, Social Mobility, and the Irish Catholic Elite 1850-1900
Dr Ciaran O'Neill | School of Histories and Humanities | Published by Oxford University Press (June 2014)
For as far back as school registers can take us, the most prestigious education available to any Irish child was to be found outside Ireland. Catholics of Consequence traces, for the first time, the transnational education, careers, and lives of more than two thousand Irish boys and girls who attended Catholic schools in England, France, Belgium, and elsewhere in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Consumption and Culture in Sixteenth-Century Ireland: Saffron, Stockings and Silk
Dr Susan Flavin, Assistant Professor | School of Histories and Humanities | Published by Boydell & Brewer (November 2014)
This book, based on extensive original research, argues that everyday Irish consumption underwent major changes in the 16th century. The book considers the changing nature of imported goods in relation especially to two major activities of daily living: dress and diet.
Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen
Dr Ruth Barton | School of Drama, Film and Music | Published by University Press of Kentucky
In Rex Ingram, Ruth Barton explores the life and legacy of the pioneering filmmaker, following him from his childhood in Dublin to his life at the top of early Hollywood’s A-list and his eventual self-imposed exile on the French Riviera. Ingram excelled in bringing visions of adventure and fantasy to eager audiences, and his films made stars of actors like Rudolph Valentino, Ramón Novarro, and Alice Terry - his second wife and leading lady.
Mickey Finn's Air
Prof Gerald Dawe, Professor of English and Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing | School of English | Published by Gallery Press (October 2014)
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’.
Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson
Edited by Prof Darryl Jones, Dean of Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science| School of English | Published by Oxford University Press (October 2014)
The modern horror story grew and developed across the nineteenth century, embracing categories as diverse as ghost stories, the supernatural and psychological horror, medical and scientific horrors, colonial horror, and tales of the uncanny and precognition. This anthology brings together twenty-nine of the greatest horror stories of the period, from 1816 to 1912, from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions.
Ireland, West to East: Irish Cultural Connections with Central and Eastern Europe
Edited by Prof Eve Patten, Head of School of English and Aidan O'Malley | Published by Peter Lang (2014)
Through increased immigration, Ireland has encountered Central and Eastern Europe in a very direct manner since the mid-1990s. However, there was already a scattered history of cultural communication between these two regions, even if these dialogues have often been discrete and discontinuous. Recovering and exploring some of these diverse interrelationships, this volume charts some of the alternative, lesser-known routes that Irish cultural life has taken.
Bram Stoker: Centenary essays
Edited by Dr Jarlath Kileen, Associate Professor | School of English | Published by Four Courts Press (March 2014)
Despite his vampire creation, Dracula, being world-famous, and in spite of a host of academic studies of the novel in which this vampire first appeared, Stoker himself remains a figure shrouded in darkness, and his other writings are virtually unknown and ignored. This collection addresses this large gap.
Dublin: The Making of a Capital City
By Prof David Dickson | School of Histories and Humanities | Published by Harvard University Press & Profile Books (2014)
Ireland’s capital city has had many histories and many historians, but David Dickson’s Dublin provides a unified overview tracing its evolution from Viking city state, Anglo-Norman centre of the medieval lordship, through its time as the aristocratic ‘Naples of the north’ to the era of Anglo-Irish Union.
Joint Ventures in Philosophy
By Prof Peter Simons , Head of School of Social Sciences and Philosophy & Edgar Morscher | Published by Academia Verlag (September 2013)
This book contains a collection of essays co-authored by Edgar Morscher and Peter Simons. The themes of the essays range from questions of the objectivity of truth-bearers and truth-makers to Meinong's object theory and semantics, from the history and foundations of free logic to situation semantics, and include also an occasional piece on the philosophy of water, an unusual topic assigned to the authors for a conference about the River Danube.
Evidence in Criminal Trials
Dr Liz Heffernan | School of Law & Una Ní Raifeartaigh | Published by Bloomsbury Professional (February 2014)
Evidence in Criminal Trials is a new Irish legal title providing a comprehensive, dedicated examination of the subject and covers the vast majority of issues addressed in law school courses on evidence.
Mapping Irish Theatre: Theories of Space and Place
Prof Christopher Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing | School of English | Published by Cambridge University Press (December 2013)
Seamus Heaney once described the 'sense of place' generated by the early Abbey theatre as the 'imaginative protein' of later Irish writing. Drawing on theorists of space such as Henri Lefebvre and Yi-Fu Tuan, Mapping Irish Theatre argues that theatre is 'a machine for making place from space'.
Irish Sign Language: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach
Prof Lorraine Leeson, Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies and Director of Research & Prof John Saeed, Professor of Linguistics | School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Studies | Edinburgh University Press (May 2012)
The only comprehensive, empirically driven, description of Irish Sign Language. As the only book of its kind, this book describes the social and historical background of this signed language and places Irish Sign Language in a world context.
Nonviolence in Political Theory
By Dr Iain Atack | Head of Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology | Published by Edinburgh University Press (July 2012)
Ian Atack identifies the contribution of nonviolence to political theory through connecting central characteristics of nonviolent action to fundamental debates about the role of power and violence in politics. This in turn provides a platform for going beyond historical and strategic accounts of nonviolence to a deeper understanding of its transformative potential.