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Dead Birds and Dog Piss: The Treatment of Animals in the Work of Erica Van Horn

Rosi Braidotti contends that, in our posthuman moment, “life is not sacralized as a given but rather posited as process, interactive and open-ended” (Braidotti 2009, 530). This interactive, social, uncertain process is, I believe, a useful lens through which to analyse the work of Erica Van Horn – particularly her treatment of animals. Running Coracle … Continue reading Dead Birds and Dog Piss: The Treatment of Animals in the Work of Erica Van Horn

‘Capturing the Contemporary’: The New Irish Studies

What are ‘the New Irish Studies’? In the ‘Capturing the Contemporary’ webinar on the 3rd of December 2020, attendees were treated to a range of creative and scholarly takes on this very question. Hosted by the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) in conjunction with the Dublin Book Festival and Cambridge University Press, the event was … Continue reading ‘Capturing the Contemporary’: The New Irish Studies

Gender, capital and precarity in some recent Irish women’s fiction

Reviewing Niamh Campbell’s 2020 novel, This Happy, Lucy Knight compares Campbell to Sally Rooney, writing – somewhat cynically, I think – that: ‘Sex sells. And complicated sex between two people from different social spheres, particularly if at least one of these is an obscenely intelligent young Irish socialist, well, that, apparently, really sells.’ If this … Continue reading Gender, capital and precarity in some recent Irish women’s fiction