Film, Media and Popular Culture in Ireland
Cityscapes, Landscapes, Soundscapes
by Martin McLoone
This collection of essays from Martin McLoone takes a new look at
contemporary culture in Ireland through the filter of three main
developments – the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy in the South, the peace
process in the North and the general rise in Ireland of ‘diasporan
The book considers the impact of these three factors on
the film, television, and music produced in Ireland, mostly since the
1990s, and speculates on how this popular culture reflects both what
has been gained in the new Ireland but also what has been lost.
Specific concerns of the book are the secularisation of Ireland and
popular culture’s assault on the Church generally (and the priest in
particular); the changing cityscapes and landscapes of the new Ireland;
the ‘death’ of politics; sexual freedom and personal liberation; the problem of representing unionist culture in the North; Van Morrison’s Belfast and the rise of ‘possessive individualism’ in Ireland.
The book celebrates the new Ireland but also raises issues about the loss of aspects of Irish identity that were valuable and suggests the need for a new ‘collective imaginary’ that might reinvigorate Irish identity in the new millennium.
Introduction: An Irish Monument in a Foreign Field: The Changing Configurations of Irish Studies 1900-2005
Strumpet City in Post-modern Times: The Return of the Oppressed?
Cinema, City and Imaginative Space: 'Hip Hedonism' and recent Irish Cinema
Topographies of Terror and Taste: The Reimagining of Belfast in Recent Cinema
Celtic Cities, Celtic Landscapes
Haunted Landscapes and the Irish West
December Bride: A Landscape Peopled Differently
Settling Old Scores? Religion,
Secularisation and recent Irish Cinema
The Political Power of the Feisty Colleen: Contradiction in the Screen Persona of
Irish Soundscapes: Hybridity and National Musics (with Noel McLaughlin)
Rootedness and Transcendence: Van Morrison's Belfast
Irish Soundscapes: Punk Music and the Political Power of 'What-Might-Have-Been'
Representing the Unionists
Martin McLoone is Professor of Media Studies (Film, Television and Photography) in the Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster, Coleraine.
He has written extensively on all aspects of the media in Ireland and Britain (including radio and popular music).
He is the author of Irish Film: The Emergence of a Contemporary Cinema, published in 2000.
November 2007 224 pages illus
978 0 7165 2935 4 cloth €60.00 / £45.00
978 0 7165 2936 1 paper €24.95 / £19.95
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