in John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne


Like all such multidisciplinary collections, this project has required the labor of multitudes. We would first like to thank the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the English Department at Case Western Reserve University for so generously funding a conference on Derricke. The conference, which took place at Case Western on May 17–18, 2016, laid the foundations of this collection and was essential to its inspiration and to the collaborative comradery that followed. Valerie McGowan-Doyle co-organized the conference along with us, and we are always indebted to her encouragement and scholarship on early modern Ireland. We also thank John Carroll University for hosting the conference plenary talk, delivered by historian Vincent Carey. Vincent’s pathbreaking scholarship on Derricke as well as his continued interest in and support for our labors here guide our efforts. Joyce Joines Newman and Laurie Godwin of East Carolina University deserve great thanks for designing and organizing the conference’s web presence, including paper titles and abstracts.

Participants at the conference were Carey, Rolf Loeber, Susannah Monta, Aidan O’Sullivan, James Lyttleton, William O’Neil, Stuart Kinsella, Colmán Ó Clabaigh, Andie Silva, Tom Cartelli, Brandie Siegfried, Brian Lockey, Susan Oldrieve, and Jean Feerick. Further thanks go out to those scholars, Scott Lucas, John Soderberg, Matthew Woodcock and Elisabeth Chaghafi, who later delivered papers at two panels dedicated to Derricke at the Renaissance Society of America meeting in Chicago, IL in April, 2017 (other presenters were Thomas Herron and Denna Iammarino). Thanks also to Sarah Covington and Andie Silva for chairing those panels and to Sarah for helping to get them on the program.

It was a lucky evening when Stuart Kinsella and Bríd McGrath sat down with Tom Herron in the Lord Edward Lounge near Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin and Brid agreed to join the conspiracy of scholars contributing to this collection. Thanks go out to Willy Maley for bringing Alisdair Thanisch into the fold and for ever inspiring our literary-cultural analysis of early modern Ireland. Many thanks, finally, to the anonymous readers of this collection.

We are deeply saddened that two of the scholars present at the Cleveland conference, Rolf and Brandie, are not alive today to see this collection appear. It is to them that we dedicate our work.

The editors, Cleveland, 17 March 2021


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