Rethinking Occupied Ireland

Rethinking Occupied Ireland

Gender and Incarceration in Contemporary Irish Film

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Focusing on Irish-made films from 1960 to the 1990s, Scarlata considers the many ways in which filmmakers present the country as "occupied." Exploring Ireland’s past in relation to its present, these films become a mode of postcolonial historiography, and, Scarlata argues, they are an important component in the re-evaluation of what constitutes political cinema and political resistance.

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This study explores how Irish postcolonial film depicting Irish colonial history in relation to gendered aspects of both colonialist and nationalist historical narratives. The author argues that, too often, nationalist-oriented films uncritically adopt gendered national metaphors of the Irish nation, thereby writing actual women out of history and restricting constructions of both femininity and masculinity. Films discussed include Maeve, Hush-a-Bye Baby, Some Mother's Son, H3, Hunger, Silent Grace, Anne Devlin, The Magdalene Sisters, and Simmers. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Syracuse, New York :, Syracuse University Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780815652410
Characteristics: 1 online resource (292 pages) : illustrations


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