Elegant Erudition

Author: Elke D’hoker (University of Leuven)


The Weight Of A World Of Feeling Reviews And Essays By Elizabeth Bowen

The Weight of a World of Feeling: Reviews and Essays by Elizabeth Bowen. Edited by Allan Hepburn. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2017. 418 pp.

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Cuculain Redivivus

Author: Michael McAteer (Pázmány Péter University, Budapest)


Cuculain A Critical Edition

Standish O’Grady’s Cuculain: A Critical Edition. Edited by Gregory Castle and Patrick Bixby. Syracuse NY: Syracuse University Press, 2016, 298 pp.

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This Spectered Isle

Author: Paul K. Saint-Amour (University of Pennsylvania)


Joyce S Ghosts

Luke Gibbons. Joyce’s Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism, and Memory. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015, xx + 286 pp.

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Changed Utterly: Reading about the 2015 Marriage Referendum

Author: Ed Madden (University of South Carolina)


In The Name Of Love The Movement For Marriage Equality In Ireland An Oral History

Ireland Says Yes

A Day In May Real Lives True Stories

Movement for Marriage Equality in Ireland, An Oral History. Dublin: The History Press Ireland, 2014, 286 pp.

Gráinne Healy, Brian Sheehan, and Noel Whelan. Ireland Says Yes: The Inside Story of How the Vote for Marriage Equality Was Won. Sallins, Co. Kildare: Merrion Press, 2016, 194 pp.

Charlie Bird. A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories. Edited by Kevin Rafter. Sallins, Co. Kildare: Merrion Press, 2016, 253 pp.

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Ireland in Psychoanalysis—Contents

Author: Joseph Valente (University of Buffalo), Macy Todd (University of Buffalo), and Seán Kennedy (Saint Mary's University)


This issue of Breac, "Ireland in Psychoanalysis," was guest edited by Joseph Valente (University of Buffalo), Macy Todd (University of Buffalo), and Seán Kennedy (Saint Mary's University). Its contents include:


1. Joseph Valente — "Psychoanalysis in Ireland—Ireland in Psychoanalysis"

2. Macy Todd — A Lumper in the Throat: Famine and Object a

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Psychoanalysis in Ireland—Ireland in Psychoanalysis

Author: Joseph Valente (University of Buffalo)



It would be useful in my view to inaugurate the consideration of “Ireland in Psychoanalysis” by taking a look at what the provocative title phrase might be taken to signify, with what stakes and ramifications. And I thought to begin by puzzling the relationship of this suggested formulation to its chiasmatic (and more accustomed) counterpart, “psychoanalysis in Ireland.” Are we to gloss these rubrics as synonymous? Am I, in addressing the question of Ireland in psychoanalysis, expected to speak to the institutional presence, the methodological variation, and the sociocultural fate of psychoanalysis in Ireland? Left to wonder whether I should be identifying or differentiating these inverse formulae, and on what grounds, I came to imagine a rather unexpected distinction to be immanent in this pair of discursive/disciplinary constructs: psychoanalysis in Ireland is an object of history; Ireland in psychoanalysis is at bottom a literary proposition. The topic of psychoanalysis in Ireland poses relatively straightforward questions of genealogical fact—how psychoanalysis entered Ireland, how it developed there, how widespread was its influence at several points over the last century, and so on—although owing to the privatized nature of clinical practice in psychoanalysis, its focus on individual subjects in confidential settings, it leaves open, if not unanswerable, certain questions of social impact or cultural consequence. Ireland in psychoanalysis, by contrast, does not respect the regime of empirical fact, there being no collective subject, Ireland, who could be, as a literal matter, in

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A Lumper in the Throat: Famine and Object a

Author: Macy Todd (University of Buffalo)


Psychoanalysis is often hailed as the advent of the notion of foundational trauma: an originary burl in the texture of subjectivity that produces symptoms in the present. In this context, were one to produce a psychoanalysis of Ireland, it would be tempting to settle on the Great Famine as this foundational trauma; marked by Kevin Whelan as the “loss so absolute as to be beyond redemption,”[1]

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