Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger’s Tales (Palgrave 2014)
Editors: Tony Tracy and Conn Holohan
This timely collection of sixteen essays from new and established scholars analyses the shifting representations of the Irish male across a range of popular culture forms during the Celtic Tiger and beyond. Arguing that images of Irish manhood are constantly shifting and varied constructions, the collection sets out to collate and interrogate such constructions across a range of media and situations during a period of intense cultural change. Contributors include: Ruth Barton, Diane Negra, Martin McLoone, Emilie Pine, Sean Campbell . . .
From the enduring popularity of Joe Dolan’s midlands machismo, through the metrosexual dash of Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin, the Irish boy band, images of crises in contemporary film, theatre and literature, to how advertising repositioned the Irish male in the aftermath of the economic crash, these essays situate a diverse and sometimes conflicting range of images of Irish manhood within the social and cultural contexts which produced them. Through an inter-disciplinary analyses of a variety of cultural forms, the essays in this collection argue that Irish masculinity has become a more heterogeneous concept during this period that is simultaneously liberated from earlier monolithic constructions while often uncertain about its cultural role and status.
Tony Tracy and Conn Holohan lecture in film at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUI Galway
Type: edited book
Authors/Editors: Conn Holohan & Tony Tracy