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

Map of the British Isles
Map reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the British Museum

Series Editor's Introduction from John Brannigan 

The growing strength of contemporary scholarship in Scottish, Irish and Welsh literatures in English in the twentieth century demands new critical histories of twentieth-century literature in the British Isles which reflect contemporary critical perspectives, and which avoid an Anglo-centric narrative. Such an archipelagic approach has been developed in recent decades in relation to seventeenth-century literature and history, but has rarely been attempted in relation to twentieth-century literature, the study of which has been dominated firstly by Anglo-centric narratives (in which Yeats and Joyce were seen as exemplary of metropolitan modernism, for instance), and later by national narratives (in which Yeats and Joyce were seen predominantly in relation to Irish national traditions). This series of lectures is designed to provide exemplary archipelagic narratives of twentieth-century literature, reflecting the post-devolutionary cultural contexts of the study of English in the British Isles, while remaining sensitive to what is distinctive about the linguistic, cultural and political histories of literature in each of the constituent parts of the archipelago.

John Brannigan is senior lecturer in English at the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD.


Edna Longley

Episode 1: Poems and Paradigms

Edna Longley, School of English, Queen’s University Belfast

Julian Wolfreys

Episode 2: Professions of English diaspora

Julian Wolfreys, Department of English and Drama, Loughborough University

Alice Entwistle

Episode 3: Neither Here Nor There’: dynamism, deixis and cultural positioning
in some contemporary poetry

Alice Entwistle, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan

Claire Connolly

Episode 4: Four Nations Feminism: Una Troy and Menna Gallie

Claire Connolly, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University

Nick Groom

Episode 5: Alright, Jack? Conflict and Cohesion in Britain, 2005-10

Nick Groom, School of English, University of Exeter

Nick Groom

Episode 6: Scottish and Irish Second World War Poetry

Peter Mackay, Trinity College Dublin

Michael Gardiner

Episode 7: England Versus English Literature

Michael Gardiner, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies,
University of Warwick

John Brannigan

Episode 8: 'Dreaming of the Islands': The Poetry of the Shipping Forecast

John Brannigan, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin

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Series edited by: John Brannigan.
Commissioning Editor: P.J. Mathews 
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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