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A reminder from the present
Pete Shirlow

? Commentators such as Ruth Dudley Edwards see the ability to ‘progress’ in a ‘new world’ as symptomatic of an ability to shift away from outdated nationalist values and political dogmas.30 The logic of this and other such arguments is that ideological ‘backwardness’ is contingent upon significant flaws in collective psyches. There is no doubting that a nationalism premised upon an intimacy between the Irish state and the Catholic Church has become rather less evident. However, in spite of important recent changes in the nature of Irish nationalism, the Republic of Ireland

in The end of Irish history?
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The material and visual culture of the Stuart Courts, 1589–1619
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This book analyses Anna of Denmark’s material and visual patronage at the Stuart courts, examining her engagement with a wide array of expressive media including architecture, garden design, painting, music, dress, and jewellery. Encompassing Anna’s time in Denmark, England, and Scotland, it establishes patterns of interest and influence in her agency, while furthering our knowledge of Baltic-British transfer in the early modern period. Substantial archival work has facilitated a formative re-conceptualisation of James and Anna’s relationship, extended our knowledge of the constituents of consortship in the period, and has uncovered evidence to challenge the view that Anna followed the cultural accomplishments of her son, Prince Henry. This book reclaims Anna of Denmark as the influential and culturally active royal woman that her contemporaries knew. Combining politics, culture, and religion across the courts of Denmark, Scotland, and England, it enriches our understanding of royal women’s roles in early modern patriarchal societies and their impact on the development of cultural modes and fashions. This book will be of interest to upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on early modern Europe in the disciplines of Art and Architectural History, English Literature, Theatre Studies, History, and Gender Studies. It will also attract a wide range of academics working on early modern material and visual culture, and female patronage, while members of the public who enjoy the history of courts and the British royals will also find it distinctively appealing.

Anne Byrne

of, the advances of ‘modernisation’, bringing with them differing expectations of marital intimacy, dependency relations and gender equality for example. The new state set a marriage ‘bar’ in the 1930s, that prevented female civil servants from continuing their employment after marriage. This sent out signals to women that waged work and family making should not and could not be combined. But women also understood that education and meaningful work could be a basis for self-fulfilment, 4147 Inglis–Are the Irish different_BB_Layout 1 29/07/2014 09:26 Page 77

in Are the Irish different?
Tom Inglis

, letters and advice columns.10 More radical perhaps, it is possible for researchers into Irish difference to write their own diaries and memoirs, and try to capture their emotions and bodily experiences. These could become rich archives for historians in years to come. It could be argued that a theoretically informed critically reflective description of an academic’s own emotions, intimacies and sexuality would be unrepresentative but it would be no more so than any novel, film or political autobiography. Conclusion I have argued that when it comes to describing and

in Are the Irish different?
Jemma Field

, but this lasted little more than a year, and by at least 1607 he was back in regular contact with his mother. On 4 July 1607, the Venetian ambassador, Zorzi Giustinian, was able to plan to give Henry the Doge’s gratitude when he next went ‘to visit the Queen’, as she ‘is devoted to him and never lets him away from her side’.40 Anna’s attempts to gain custody of Henry and manage his household have been mostly interpreted in maternal terms, but her political motivations also need to be recognised.41 Anna’s parental intimacy with her children was slight, since they

in Anna of Denmark
Bryan Fanning

portrayed as unruly lay some of the core contradictions of Irish nationalism. Cultural nationalists were themselves modernisers who reinvented and sometimes sanitised the past in putting forward their ideals of the kind of society they wished to bring about. A comic play that told the story of a young man who claimed to have killed his father in a fight seemed to play into the worst kind of anti-Irish stereotypes. In response to his Irish critics Synge replied: ‘Anybody who has lived in real intimacy with the Irish peasantry will know that the wildest sayings and ideas in

in Irish adventures in nation-building
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Emer Nolan

contacted her, she protested: ‘Look at how much ordinary men and women know about being crucified! No wonder we strain ourselves to believe that there is a God who loves us.’6 Those familiar with O’Faolain’s work will not be surprised that she here reaches for an idea of divine love that she imagines modelled on the intimacy she looked for mainly through romantic love. For her, the biggest problem with Catholicism was in the end not its teachings on sexuality (although she had ‘suffered from Rome herself. Afterword 199 Girls and women do’7) but rather the fact that

in Five Irish women
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Turning towards a radiant ideal
Kieran Keohane
and
Carmen Kuhling

lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy . . . for human nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and pursuit of the whole is called love. . . . If all of us obtained our love, and each one had his particular beloved, thus returning to his original nature, then our race would be happy. And if this would be best of all, that which would be best under present circumstances would be the nearest approach to such a union. (1892: 17, 18) Modern romantic love and its discontents are here anticipated by Aristophanes in terms of

in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
Mervyn O’Driscoll

still to Germany’s advantage, from the Irish perspective it was more sustainable. Between 1932 and 1938, Germany moved from Ireland’s fourth largest destination for exports to second place behind the UK, although the total volume of trade remained small.19 The Nazi takeover of Germany had not signalled a reversal in Berlin’s attitudes to Ireland as geopolitical realities continued to govern the relationship. Until the late 1930s intimacy with Ireland was viewed as a potential menace to any prospect of Anglo-​German friendship. Nazism introduced a new racialist

in Ireland, West Germany and the New Europe, 1949– 73
Angela Nagle

’ terms of employment. ‘To be human is, in almost every case, to crave two things above all else: intimacy and information. The Internet offers us a superabundance of both, which is one of the reasons it sends existing power structures into panic’50 wrote radical Twitter personality and young feminist voice of the Occupy movement, Laurie Penny. But Jodi Dean has offered quite a different critique, arguing that the economic mode ascendant in the age of the internet, which she calls communicative capitalism, ‘strengthens the grip of neoliberalism. Our every day practices

in Ireland under austerity