The Creating Ear: Lafcadio Hearn, Nationalism and the Auditory Imagination

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn was born 27 June 1850 on the Greek island of Levkás to an Irish Father and a Greek mother. He was brought to Dublin at the age of two, but his parents’ marriage did not last, and his mother returned to Greece, leaving him in the care of an elderly great-aunt, Mrs … Continue reading The Creating Ear: Lafcadio Hearn, Nationalism and the Auditory Imagination

“A View of the State of Ireland”: Famine as a Military Tactic in Plantation Ireland.

Exploring the English view of Ireland in the late 1500s, during the period from the Desmond to the Tyrone rebellions. Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) poet, colonist and author of "A View of the State of Ireland". The most sustained argument for Ireland’s unreformability in this period came from the pen of the English poet Edmund Spenser. … Continue reading “A View of the State of Ireland”: Famine as a Military Tactic in Plantation Ireland.

Watching “Stranger Things” with Marx, Lacan and Althusser

  Better to be a fool in fashion than to be against fashion- even though it is foolish to take fashion too seriously. - Hans Jorg Gadamer [1]   “Stranger Things” is a broadcasting phenomenon. In an increasingly atomised and personalised broadcasting universe, this Netflix show has managed to cut across age and gender boundaries. … Continue reading Watching “Stranger Things” with Marx, Lacan and Althusser

Julian of Norwich’s “Revelations of Divine Love”: Expanding the Language of Sensory Experience.

Oure gracious & goode lorde god shewed me in party the wisdom & the trewthe of the soule of oure blessed lady/ saynt mary. where in I vnderstood the reuerent beholdynge/ that she behelde her god that is her maker. maruelynge with grete reuerence that he wolde be borne of her that was a simple creature of his makyng. Julian of Norwich (c. … Continue reading Julian of Norwich’s “Revelations of Divine Love”: Expanding the Language of Sensory Experience.

A View of the Soldier, A View of the State: Alexander Somerville’s Letters from Ireland during the Famine of 1847.

Victorian era travelogues   fulfilled a demand among the British middle classes for accounts of Ireland from “reliable” narrators, as opposed to the unreliable Irish themselves. The British reading public’s fascination with the state of John Bull’s other island was coupled with a distrust of the Irish ability tell the truth. The upshot of these … Continue reading A View of the Soldier, A View of the State: Alexander Somerville’s Letters from Ireland during the Famine of 1847.

“A View of the State of Ireland”: Famine as a Military Tactic in Plantation Ireland.

Exploring the English view of Ireland in the late 1500s, during the period from the Desmond to the Tyrone rebellions. Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) poet, colonist and author of "A View of the State of Ireland". The most sustained argument for Ireland’s unreformability in this period came from the pen of the English poet Edmund Spenser. … Continue reading “A View of the State of Ireland”: Famine as a Military Tactic in Plantation Ireland.

“Carmilla” and the Roots of Anglo-Irish Gothic Fiction. [Revised Version]

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873), author of Carmilla, 'the first modern vampire tale' . Anglo Irish writers of the nineteenth century shared a fascination with the supernatural. Archetypal examples of the Gothic genre, from Melmoth the wanderer (1820), Carmilla (1872) and Dracula (1897) were all written by scions of the ascendency.  At first glance, … Continue reading “Carmilla” and the Roots of Anglo-Irish Gothic Fiction. [Revised Version]