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Ireland in the European Eye

by  Gisela HolfterBettina Migge
€ 25.00

Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

June 2019


Number of pages: 518

ISBN: 978-1-911479-02-4


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A comprehensive survey of Ireland's place in Europe, providing a detailed narrative of a cultural relationship that began with Irish missionaries bringing Christianity and learning to the continent. How have Ireland and her people and culture been perceived and represented in Europe? Twenty-two internationally renowned experts address this question through contributions on film, music, art, architecture, media, literature and European Studies.

With contributions from: David Clark, Fiorenzo Fantaccini, Anna Fattori, Joachim Fischer, Paul Gillespie, Anne Karhio, Linda King, Joanna Kosmalska, Marieke Krajenbrink, Brigid Laffan, Fergal Lenehan, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Edward Moxon-Browne, Lynda Mulvin, Anna Ní Ghallachair, Éamon Ó Ciosáin, Thomas O’Connor, Mervyn O’Driscoll, Finola O’Kane, Harry White.

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'This essay collection provides an excellent analysis of Ireland’s various interactions with its European allies, from the early medieval period up to the present moment. [...] It is a highly attractive tome which does credit to its subject matter, to the indefatigable work of its editors and to the Royal Irish Academy, who published it. At €25, it is an absolute steal and I warmly urge readers to get themselves a copy without delay'. Eamon Maher, The Irish Times, 4 September 2019. Read the full review.

'a timely contribution to the debate about Ireland's present and future place in the European community of nations'. Peter Murray, Irish Arts Review, Autumn 2019.

'a good introduction to Ireland’s cultural presence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present'. Estibalitz Ezkerra Vegas, Irish Studies Review 29.1, January 2021.

About the authors

Gisela Holfter

Gisela Holfter studied in Cologne, Cambridge and St. Louis, and worked as an Assistant Teacher in Belfast and as a Lektor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, before coming to Limerick in 1996. She is Senior Lecturer in German and co-founder and Joint Director of the Centre for Irish-German Studies. Her research interests include German-Irish relations, German literature (19th century to contemporary writing), exile studies, migration and intercultural communication. She is a member of the PEN German-speaking Writers Abroad and has published many articles and edited a dozen books, the latest being German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture (with D. Byrnes and J. Conacher, 2018, Brill). Her monographs include Erlebnis Irland (1996, WVT), Heinrich Böll and Ireland (2011, paperback 2012, CBS) and An Irish Sanctuary: German-speaking Refugees in Ireland 1933-1945 (with H. Dickel, 2017, paperback 2018, de Gruyter). She is currently engaged in a project on Fontane’s Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg and one on German migration to Ireland since 1922.

Bettina Migge

Bettina Migge studied in Hamburg, Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Berlin and received a PhD in Linguistics from the Ohio State University. She worked as Hochschulassistentin at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main and is currently Professor of Linguistics, Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at University College Dublin and a member of the research group Structure et Dynamique des Langues (SeDyL UMR 8202) in Villejuif, France. Her research interests are in the broad area of language contact, language documentation, sociolinguistics. Empirically her research has focused on the Americas, specifically the Creoles of Suriname and French Guiana, and on migration to and language in Ireland. Her publications include book length studies Exploring Language in a Multilingual Context: Variation, Interaction and Ideology in Language Documentation (with I. Léglise, 2013, CUP) and edited volumes Support,Transmission, Education and Target Varieties in the Celtic languages (with N. Ó Murchadha 2017, Routledge), New Perspectives on Irish English (with M. Ní Chiosáin, 2012, John Benjamins). She is currently engaged in a multi-year participatory dictionary project in French Guiana.