The 2016 year of commemorations sparked essential reappraisals of the events, participants, and motivations surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising, but also predictable return visits to the central narratives and historical figures - particularly the signatories to the Proclamation - who have always dominated accounts of this history. The movement of Irish Studies as a discipline toward an increasingly pronounced focus on the question of global dimensions of the Irish experience, for example, has prompted a welcome new understanding of the international repercussions of the rebellion. The rise of studies of memory and commemoration, and with it the understanding that the developing response to events over decades and centuries has been as crucial to our grasp of Irish history and culture, has similarly heavily informed the approach of a new generation of researchers who, for the first time, have become some of the primary interpretive voices communicating our understanding of Ireland to a wider public.
Excerpted from the Guest Editors' Introduction
Table of Contents
Mary Burke - "The ghost of Roger Casement/Is beating on the (closet) door": Dissident Voices in Bryan MacMahon's Fiftieth Anniversary Easter Rising Pageant
John P. Harrington - Joseph Campbell, Exile, American Autobiographies, and Irish Studies
Mansour Bonakdarian - The Easter Rising as a Milestone in Iranian Nationalist Appraisals of the Irish Question
Cathal Pratt - Rebel Records or "Sweet Songs of Freedom"? Transatlantic Republicanism in Irish-American Music
M.C. Rast - The Ulster Unionists "On Velvet": Home Rule and Partition in the Lloyd George Proposals, 1916"
Paul Muldoon - "1916: The Eoghan Rua Variations"
Stephen Ferguson - Dublin's GPO Staff in 1916: A Neglected Story of Quiet Heroism
Anne Anderson - 1916-2016: Reflections
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