Diverse voices

This book focuses on the drama and poetry published since 1990. It also reflects upon related forms of creative work in this period, including film and the visual and performing arts. The book discusses some of the most topical issues which have emerged in Irish theatre since 1990. It traces the significance of the home in the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Vona Groarke. The book also focuses on the reconfigurations of identity, and the complex intersections of nationality, gender and race in contemporary Ireland. It shows how Roddy Doyle's return to the repressed gives articulation to those left behind by globalisation. The book then examines the ways in which post-Agreement Northern fiction negotiates its bitter legacies. It also examines how the activity of creating art in a time of violence brings about an anxiety regarding the artist's role, and how it calls into question the ability to re-present atrocity. The book further explores the consideration of politics and ethics in Irish drama since 1990. It talks about the swirling abundance of themes and trends in contemporary Irish fiction and autobiography. The book shows that writing in the Irish Republic and in the North has begun to accommodate an increasing diversity of voices which address themselves not only to issues preoccupying their local audiences, but also to wider geopolitical concerns.

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Design and material culture in Soviet Russia, 1960s–80s
Author: Yulia Karpova

The major part of this book project was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 700913.

This book is about two distinct but related professional cultures in late Soviet Russia that were concerned with material objects: industrial design and decorative art. The Russian avant-garde of the 1920s is broadly recognised to have been Russia’s first truly original contribution to world culture. In contrast, Soviet design of the post-war period is often dismissed as hackwork and plagiarism that resulted in a shabby world of commodities. This book identifies the second historical attempt at creating a powerful alternative to capitalist commodities in the Cold War era. It offers a new perspective on the history of Soviet material culture by focusing on the notion of the ‘comradely object’ as an agent of progressive social relations that state-sponsored Soviet design inherited from the avant-garde. It introduces a shared history of domestic objects, handmade as well as machine-made, mass-produced as well as unique, utilitarian as well as challenging the conventional notion of utility. Situated at the intersection of intellectual history, social history and material culture studies, this book elucidates the complexities and contradictions of Soviet design that echoed international tendencies of the late twentieth century. The book is addressed to design historians, art historians, scholars of material culture, historians of Russia and the USSR, as well as museum and gallery curators, artists and designers, and the broader public interested in modern aesthetics, art and design, and/or the legacy of socialist regimes.

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Simon Smith, Jackie Watson and Amy Kenny

volume can contribute to a scholarly ‘democracy of the senses’.13 The pertinence of these concerns to early modern studies is productively articulated by Alice Sanger and Siv Tove Kulbrandstad Walker in their recent edited collection concerned with early modern visual art. A survey of responses to artworks from 1300 to 1700, the volume interrogates the relationships between artwork and the consumer through Classical and Renaissance traditions of sensory thought, with a focus overwhelmingly upon visual art forms and exclusively outside England. The collection engages

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
James Thompson

the sensory and affective are realised in human relations fostered in art projects. The French art theorist Nicolas Bourriaud is a useful point of departure here in his work on relational aesthetics. Bourriaud defines a relational aesthetic as a ‘set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space’ ( 2002 : 113), and his book announced from the perspective of the late 1990s French visual art scene how ‘for some years now, there

in Performing care
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Syrian displacement and care in contemporary Beirut
Ella Parry- Davies

almost two hundred photographs, including those in ‘Still Lives’ described above, which document their experiences in the nocturnal life of the neighbourhood. In this chapter, I explore the photographs collected through Fleeing and Forgetting in order to think through the performances of care that subtended this project, and the broader questions that these pose about art and scholarship produced in relation to experiences of displacement. While a visual art analysis of the images may (generatively) celebrate their qualities as aesthetic objects, I adopt the

in Performing care
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Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Emma Jackson and Roiyah Saltus

alternative futures and knowledge. How would you describe collaboration? Why is collaboration important in social-justice research? How can it ‘go wrong’? What role do you think ‘beyond-text’ methods (e.g., performances and visual art) can play in understanding social injustice and/or in communicating social science? What are the challenges and opportunities of critical survey design? What

in Go home?
Gary Banham

production altered the condition of literature in terms of both its production and its criticism. The quotes from Lewis that refer to cinema directly are only the most obvious sign of this intrusion of visual art into modern literature. The writing that Lewis produces is in fact much more heavily involved with modern images than this suggests. Lewis understood his work to be based on tracing an ‘external’ relationship to character in which behaviour and physical appearance become the source for Kant and the ends of criticism 203 understanding rather than an appeal to a

in The new aestheticism
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Holly Dugan

of perfume’s lack of aesthetic lustre connects to its status as a commodity, Chandler Burr, the exhibit’s curator, emphasized that one kind of cross-sensory mode has stood in the way of others: the relationship between language and olfaction.9 Seeking to change the terms one uses to describe modern perfume, Burr’s exhibition elevated scent through its association with the traditions of visual art. Such an approach suggests the complex biological and cultural ‘loops’ through which we process sensation; some of these include aesthetic form while others engage more

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
Yulia Karpova

, and as such ‘designers are not some special breed remote from artists’, but rather could be the very same people whose easel graphics or theatre props were on display in the same exhibition. Bisti argued that in addition to the conceptual interiors and urban environments, as in the case of Senezh studio, it was not possible to design everyday objects and machines without fundamental knowledge of the basics of visual art. His encompassing understanding of design was similar to Makarov’s inclusive understanding of decorative art: it was all activities directed at

in Comradely objects
Thomas Docherty

the primacy of vision in matters of aesthetic taste. In the section entitled ‘Of Curiosity’, he pointed out that: ‘As we like to see a great number of objects, we’d also like to extend our vision, to be in several places at once, to cover more space . . . thus it’s a great pleasure for the soul to extend its view into the distance.’12 How to do this? What technology exists in 1726 to allow for such a prosthetic extension of 26 Positions vision? Montesquieu’s answer is that it is art (and here, he means primarily visual art) that will enable such an advance. Art

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