Amber Handy & Brian Ó Conchubhair

The Language of Gender: Power and Agency in Celtic Studies


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This important volume, The Language of Gender, Power and Agency in Celtic Studies, edited by Amber Handy and Brian Ó Conchubhair, not only demonstrates the breath and depth of Celtic Studies as a vibrant, multifaceted, interdisciplinary subject, but combines essays by senior scholars such as Catherine McKenna (Harvard), Máirín Nic Eoin (St Patrick’s College, Dublin) and Dan M. Wiley (USI), with new and ground-breaking work by young, emerging scholars such as Hannah Zdansky (Love in Translation: The Irish Vernacularization of the Aeneid), Theresa O’Byrne (Ireland’s Earliest Visionary Account of St Patrick’s Purgatory), Tomás L. Ó Murchú (The Language of Discontent in Séamas Óg Mac Coitir’s Elegies) and Wes Hamrick (Hard News, Messianic Visions: Scribes and the Public Sphere). Introduced by Joseph Falaky Nagy (UCLA) these fourteen essays explore current trends and themes in Celtic Studies ranging from the literary manuscript to contemporary literature.

Brian Ó Conchubhair is Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame. His monograph on the intellectual history of the Irish revival, Fin de Siècle na Gaeilge: Darwin, An Athbheochan agus Smaointeoireacht na hEorpa, was published in 2009 by An Clóchomhar. He has edited Gearrscéalta Ár Linne (CIC, 2006), Why Irish? Irish Language and Literature in Academia (Arlen House, 2008), Twisted Truths (CIC, 2011), The Midnight Court: A Critical Edition (Syracuse University Press, 2011), Dorchadas by Liam Ó Flaithearta (Arlen House, 2012), and Notre Dame’s Happy Returns (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). He was Series Editor for Kerry’s Fighting Story 1916–1921, Limerick’s Fighting Story 1916–1921, Rebel Cork’s Fighting Story 1916–1921 and Dublin’s Fighting Story 1916–1921, all published by Mercier Press in 2009. He served as the Executive Director of the IRISH Seminar (2011–2013) and is currently Vice-President of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Amber Handy is an Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. She holds a Ph.D. in History with a doctoral minor in Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame and an M.Phil. in Medieval History from Trinity College, Dublin. Her primary research interests are the early medieval cultural history of gender, youth, and education and the relationship between Ireland and the rest of western Europe. She is currently at work on a monograph concerning the relationship between early medieval Irish and continental specula principum and the changing social and gendered aspects of early medieval kingship.