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St Patrick’s Day - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

St Patrick’s Day began as a religious feast day, celebrating the life of the saint who is said to have brought Christianity to Ireland, but has now become a festival celebrated around the world for Irish and non-Irish alike to celebrate the culture of the Emerald Isle. It is a truly global event, and St Patrick’s Day parades will take place on 17th March in countries from Ireland and the USA (where more than 100 are planned) to Japan and Australia.

To mark St Patrick’s Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles that critique multiple aspects of Irish Studies, including culture, history and literature. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

There is probably no national day that has such global popularity as St. Patrick’s Day. On St. Patrick’s Day, it is reputed that ‘Everyone is Irish’. What are the factors and factions that give the day such popular appeal? Is St. Patrick’s Day the same around the world—in Japan, Northern Ireland and Montserrat—as it is in the Republic of Ireland and the United States? Just how does ‘Irishness’ figure in the celebration and commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day, and how has this day been commoditized, consumed and contested? Does St. Patrick’s Day ‘belong’ to the people, the nation or the brewery? Consuming St. Patrick’s Day thematically explores how St. Patrick’s Day has been consumed from the symbolic to the literal, the religious to the political. By doing so, it offers a fresh examination of its importance in contemporary society.

Engendering Ireland is a collection of ten essays that showcases the importance of gender and interrogates it as a concept which encompasses both masculinity and femininity, and which permeates history and literature, culture and society in the modern period. The collection includes historical research which situates Irish women workers within an international economic context; textual analysis which sheds light on the effects of modernity on the home and rising female expectations in the post-war era; the rediscovery of significant Irish women modernists such as Mary Devenport O’Neill; and changing representations of masculinity, race, ethnicity and interculturalism in modern Irish theatre. While each of these chapters offers a fresh perspective on familiar themes in Irish gender studies, they also illustrate the importance and relevance of gender studies to contemporary debates in Irish society.

The Irish short story tradition occupies a unique space in world literature. Rooted in an ancient oral storytelling culture, the Irish short story has undergone numerous transitions, from 19th century Anglo-Irish writers through to the 20th century’s ground-breaking impact of George Moore’s The Untilled Field, but there is a dimension to the short story tradition in Ireland that has always been overlooked. Samuel Beckett, Aidan Higgins and Tom Mac Intyre mark an alternative avant-garde movement in the culture of the modern Irish short story as their works share an aesthetics of disruption which is marked in different ways by the subversion of form and through narrative, linguistic and thematic deconstructive devices. There is currently a resurgent research interest in the Irish short story, and Writing from the Margins is the first to highlight an area of Irish short story writing which has been woefully neglected.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code STPATRICKS16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st March 2016.

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