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Scholarcast, Series 4 : Reconceiving the British Isles: The Literature of the Archipelago 

Abstract: In his book, On the Shores of Politics, Jacques Rancière argues that the Western Platonic project of utopian politics has been based upon 'an anti-maritime polemic'. The treacherous boundaries of the political are imagined as island shores, riverbanks, and abysses. Its enemies are the mutinous waves and the drunken sailor. 'In order to save politics', writes Rancière, 'it must be pulled aground among the shepherds'. And yet, as Rancière points out, this always entails the paradox that to found a new utopian island, safe from the perils of sailors and the sea, means crossing the sea once more. Margaret Cohen, in an article surveying the turn towards maritime themes in twenty-first century literary criticism, argues that literary scholars have historically fixed their gazes upon land, with an effort 'so spectacular that it might be called hydrophasia'. But that hydrophasia appears to be ebbing, and the new attention given to the sea, as what Hester Blum calls 'a proprioceptive point of inquiry', in Oceanic Studies, the New Atlantic Studies, and the Archipelagic paradigm gathering strength in British and Irish Studies, promises some degree of liberation from the terra firma overdeterminations of nationalism within literary studies.

  • Brannigan, John [Editor] (UCD School of English, Drama & Film, University College Dublin)

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Dublin, Ireland : University College Dublin
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Date modified: 2008-07-18T13:51:20+01:00
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sound recording
Scholarcast original theme music by
Padhraic Egan, Michael Hussey and Sharon Hussey.
Recording, audio editing, photography and development by
John Matthews, Brian Kelly, Vincent Hoban & Niall Watts at UCD IT Services, Media Services.
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UCD, Scholarcast, Art, Culture, Literature, English, DCU, Paige Reynolds, Frank McGuinness, Claire Wills, Eddie Holt, Anne Fogarty, Elaine Sisson, Sean Ryder, PJ Mathews, Riverdance
Languages
English  
Table of Contents
Scholarcast 16: Poems and Paradigms / Edna Longley -- Scholarcast 17: Professions of English diaspora / Julian Wolfreys -- Scholarcast 18: Dynamism, deixis and cultural positioning in some contemporary poetry / Alice Entwistle -- Scholarcast 19: Four Nations Feminism: Una Troy and Menna Gallie / Claire Connolly -- Scholarcast 20: Alright, Jack? Conflict and Cohesion in Britain, 2005-10 / Nick Groom -- Scholarcast 21: Scottish and Irish Second World War Poetry / Peter Mackay -- Scholarcast 24: England Versus English Literature / Michael Gardiner -- Scholarcast 25: 'Dreaming of the Islands': The Poetry of the Shipping Forecast / John Brannigan
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Podcasts
Subject
Education

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Metadata creation date: 2011-11-19 — Machine generated via XSLT from the source metadata at http://www.ucd.ie/scholarcast/scholarcast.xml

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