Advertisement

The Aestheticising of Minorities in The Crane Bag

  • Aidan O’Malley
Chapter
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)

Abstract

This chapter provides a critical reading of the ways in which minorities are construed and framed in The Crane Bag (1977–1985) special issue, ‘Minorities in Ireland’ (1981, 5.1). Distinguished by its philosophical and international perspectives on Ireland, The Crane Bag’s articulations of spaces in which art and society might develop fruitful dialogues played an important role in the evolution of Irish Studies. However, the limits of the journal’s artistic and religious emphases are evident in the special issue, where they contribute to ultimately disabling renderings of minorities. Probing these tensions, it is contended that this number’s conception of minorities furnishes an insight into the restricted expressions of liberalism in Ireland before the 1998 Belfast Agreement and the collapse of the Catholic Church’s unquestioned authority.

Works Cited

  1. Behan, Brendan. “I Became a Borstal Boy.” The Bell 4, no. 3 (1942): 165–170.Google Scholar
  2. ———. Borstal Boy. London: Hutchinson, 1958.Google Scholar
  3. Brown, Terence. “The Majority’s Minorities: Protestant Denominations in the North.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 22–25.Google Scholar
  4. ———. Ireland: A Social and Cultural History 1922–2002. London: Harper Perennial, 2004.Google Scholar
  5. Critchley, Simon. Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology. London and New York: Verso, 2012.Google Scholar
  6. Cruise O’Brien, Conor. “The Protestant Minority: Within and Without.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 47–49.Google Scholar
  7. Editorial1/Endodermis. The Crane Bag 1, no. 1 (1977): 3–5.Google Scholar
  8. Editorial. The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 3–4.Google Scholar
  9. Ferriter, Diarmaid. Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland. London: Profile, 2009.Google Scholar
  10. Fitzpatrick, Barre. “The Politics of Pluralism: Interview with Garret FitzGerald.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 50–54.Google Scholar
  11. Girard, René. Violence and the Sacred. Trans. Patrick Gregory. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1972/1993.Google Scholar
  12. Graham, Colin. Deconstructing Ireland: Identity, Theory, Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2001.Google Scholar
  13. Hume, John. “Europe of the Regions.” In Across the Frontiers: Ireland in the 1990s, ed. Richard Kearney, 45–57. Dublin: Wolfhound, 1988.Google Scholar
  14. Inglis, Tom. “Religion, State and Society.” In The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture, eds. Joe Cleary and Claire Connolly, 59–77. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.Google Scholar
  15. Kearney, Richard. “Beyond Art and Politics.” The Crane Bag 1, no. 1 (1977): 8–16.Google Scholar
  16. ———. “The Right to Be a Minority.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 88–93.Google Scholar
  17. ———. “Introduction: Thinking Otherwise.” In Across the Frontiers: Ireland in the 1990s, 7–28. Dublin: Wolfhound, 1988.Google Scholar
  18. ———. “Towards a Postnationalist Archipelago.” In Navigations: Collected Irish Essays 1976–2006, 5–16. Dublin: Lilliput, 2006a.Google Scholar
  19. ———. “Between Politics and Literature: The Irish Cultural Journal.” In Navigations: Collected Irish Essays 1976–2006, 73–90. Dublin: Lilliput, 2006b.Google Scholar
  20. ———. Anatheism: Returning to God after God. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.Google Scholar
  21. Kearney, Timothy. “The Prophetic Cry: Interview with Jean Vanier.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 79–85.Google Scholar
  22. Kennedy, Stanislaus. “The Poor in Ireland Today: Our Silent Minority.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 6–9.Google Scholar
  23. Kiberd, Declan. “Aosdána: A Comment.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 44–45.Google Scholar
  24. ———. “Inventing Irelands.” The Crane Bag 8, no. 1 (1984): 11–23.Google Scholar
  25. ———. Inventing Ireland: The Literature of a Modern Nation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995.Google Scholar
  26. Kirby, Peadar. “Minorities in Ireland: An Interview with Sean McBride.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 61–66.Google Scholar
  27. Lee, Joseph J. Ireland, 1912–1985: Politics and Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.Google Scholar
  28. Lorenz, Walter. “The Insane as a Minority: Beyond Confinement?” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 10–15.Google Scholar
  29. Mathews, Aidan Carl. “A God in Ruins Part 1: Notes on the Fall of the Artist.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 38–43.Google Scholar
  30. Matthews, Kelly. The Bell Magazine and the Representation of Irish Identity. Dublin: Four Courts, 2012.Google Scholar
  31. McCarthy, Conor. Modernisation: Crisis and Culture in Ireland, 1969–1992. Dublin: Four Courts, 2000.Google Scholar
  32. McCormack, W.J. The Battle of the Books: Two Decades of Irish Cultural Debate. Mullingar: Lilliput, 1986.Google Scholar
  33. McDonagh, Enda. “Church and State in Ireland: A Theological Analysis.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 67–73.Google Scholar
  34. Murphy, John A. “Religious Majorities and Minorities, North and South, Then and Now.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 55–60.Google Scholar
  35. Neary, Peter. “The Failure of Economic Nationalism.” The Crane Bag 8, no. 1 (1984): 68–77.Google Scholar
  36. Norris, David. “Homosexual People and the Christian Churches in Ireland: A Minority and Its Oppressors.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 31–37.Google Scholar
  37. O’Brien, Mark. “Other Voices: The Bell and Documentary Journalism.” In Periodicals and Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Writing Against the Grain, eds. Mark O’Brien and Felix M. Larkin, 158–172. Dublin: Four Courts, 2014.Google Scholar
  38. O’Dowd, Liam. “Neglecting the Material Dimension: Irish Intellectuals and the Problem of Identity.” The Irish Review 3 (1988): 8–17.Google Scholar
  39. RTÉ Archives, Revisiting Memorable Budgets. 04: 1980: Living Beyond Our Means. http://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/1333-memorable-budgets/1337-budget-1980/, accessed 24 February 2017.
  40. Ryan, Liam. “Minorities and the Church: A Response.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 86–87.Google Scholar
  41. Shovlin, Frank. The Irish Literary Periodical 1923–58. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.Google Scholar
  42. Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. “Can the Subaltern Speak?” In Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, eds. Cary Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg, 271–313. Basingstoke: Macmillan Education, 1988.Google Scholar
  43. Sweetman, Rosita. “The Blanket of Silence.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 26–30.Google Scholar
  44. Wren, Maev-Ann. “The Travelling People—Racialism in Ireland.” The Crane Bag 5, no. 1 (1981): 17–21.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aidan O’Malley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of RijekaRijekaCroatia

Personalised recommendations