Archive for the 'American Studies' Category

#BookHour: Reading the Literatures of the Americas in Public

I am really pleased and excited to be part of a recent initiative led by U.S. Studies Online called #bookhour. Basically it is a monthly discussion on Twitter about a pre-selected title, usually a new/recent release or an American Classic that has been re-released in a new edition. I was asked to join the #bookhour team […]

Is the Great Theme of the Contemporary Irish Novel the US?

The Irish Times published an interesting review of Sebastian Barry’s latest novel, On Canaan’s Side in July 2011. The article, here, speculates on the presence of America, in terms of place and theme in contemporary Irish fiction. Focusing on Irish male writers, Fintan O’Toole explores the American Dream and issues of nostalgia, mystery and intrigue to arrive […]

Americas Studies

The Following is an edited version of a presentation I gave at the School of English PhD Slam on the 15th September 2011. To see news coverage of the event, please click here. My research interests range across contemporary women’s poetry, Chicana/o Studies, Americas Studies, feminist geography, border theory, transnationalism, migration and ethnicity, representation of […]

School of English PhD Slam, University College Cork, 15th September 2011.

Slam PhD forces academics to get to the point. The linked article above appeared in The Irish Times, 16th September 2011. It covers the 1st PhD Slam held by the School of English, University College Cork the day before the article came into print. For the Slam, participants including myself employed a Japanese method of […]

The Cobh Heritage Centre and the Spectacle of the Poor Immigrant

The experience of immigration is evoked in many ways. Film, art, literature, music and exhibitions create a spectacle of immigration. The Cobh Heritage Centre’s exhibition can be compared and contrasted with other works, both past and present to reveal the nature of this spectacle. This paper investigates representations of immigration that realistically interpret the pain […]

“Yo Soy Joaquín/I am Joaquín”: Early Verbal, Visual and Machismo Expressions of Chicanismo

“I am Joaquín,” written and published by Rodolfo Corky Gonzales in 1967 is a seminal Chicana/o poem. The full text can be accessed in English here. It was the cornerstone of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s with its epic form, evocation of Chicana/o folk heroes, historical figures and religious icons. Today, the poem […]

Merely Detected: Quotes About the U.S

They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they kept only one; they promised to take our land, and they did.  ~Red Cloud America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied:  America is always on the move.  She may be going to Hell, of course, but […]