Irishness on the Margins

Minority and Dissident Identities

  • Pilar Villar-Argáiz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Unearthing Dissidence in the Irish Past

  3. Sexual Minorities and Dissident Gendered Subjects

  4. Minority Voices in Irish Public Discourse

  5. The Dissent of Minority Voices in Art

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-290

About this book


This collection examines the presence of minority communities and dissident voices in Ireland both historically and in a contemporary framework. Accordingly, the contributions explore different facets of what we term “Irish minority and dissident identities,” ranging from political agitators drowned out by mainstream narratives of nationhood, to identities differentiated from the majority in terms of ethnicity, religion, class and health; and sexual minorities that challenge heteronormative perspectives on marriage, contraception, abortion, and divorce. At a moment when transnational democracy and the rights of minorities seem to be at risk, a book of this nature seems more pressing than ever. In different ways, the essays gathered here remind us of the importance of ‘rethinking’ nationhood, by a process of denaturalisation of the supremacy of white heterosexual structures.


Irishness Minority Voices Irish Literature Sexual Minority Irish Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Pilar Villar-Argáiz
    • 1
  1. 1.Departmento de Filologías Inglesa y AlemanaUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain

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