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Re-Imagining Ireland: How a storied island is transforming its politics, economics, religious life, and culture for the 21st century Hardcover – November 22, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0813925448 ISBN-10: 0813925444

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press (November 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813925444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813925448
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,979,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This volume is a sparkling example of the ways in which interdisciplinary scholarship can broaden our understanding not just of a specific place (Ireland), but of a much larger problem (globalization), and it does so with a daring and flair that ought to attract a wide audience." -- H-Net Book Review

"[A] sparkling example of the ways in which interdisciplinary scholarship can broaden our understanding not just of a specific place (Ireland), but of a much larger problem (globalization), and it does so with a daring and flair that ought to attract a wide audience." -- Mark Doyle, H-Net

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Andrew Higgins Wyndham, Director of Media Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, organized the Re-Imagining Ireland conference and served as director and executive producer of the nationally broadcast documentary, which was developed in collaboration with Paul Wagner Productions and Radio Telefis Éireann.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The University of Virginia hosted a 2003 conference convening many prominent academics, writers, musicians, artists, and journalists who pondered Ireland's past and present predicaments as consumerism and globalism overtake tradition and conservatism there. This handsome volume collects ten historically focused presentations by plenary speakers, along with shorter pieces accompanying the longer essays. (A documentary DVD is also included.) While predominantly scholarly, mirroring its venue, this anthology tends to (at its best), diminish campus shop-talk and reliance on theoretical jargon and can be read (at its best) by anyone wanting a realistic view of Irish change. Most of those who add their voices here speak positively, reflecting a neo-liberal, largely secular, and consistently pro-growth and pro-immigration standpoint which will surprise any listener or reader of the mainstream Irish media not at all. This is meant less as a criticism than a reality. It'd be doubtful that the Irish and American governments, political entities, fundraisers, corporations, and the long list of financial backers that prefaces these essays would have it any other way. The editor, Andrew Higgins Wyndham, thanks many influential wheelers and dealers. I expected that such growth as they profit from is, according to the professoriate and the literati, great for the Irish, and I was not-- for the most part-- surprised by what I read.

Here's an overview. Helen Shaw takes on the clichéd Celtic Tiger, and voices join hers in seeking out who benefits and who has yet to do so-- the poverty endemic within parts of Ireland, at least as of 2003, remains higher than one might suspect. Theo Dorgan takes, being a poet, a Wallace Stevens-inspired 13 ways of looking at globalism in Ireland.
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