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Imagining and addressing the nation on Irish talk radio

Higgins, Michael (2008) Imagining and addressing the nation on Irish talk radio. In: Irelands of the Mind: Memory and Identity in Modern Irish Culture. Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle, pp. 96-109. ISBN 1847184227

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"Irelands of the Mind: Memory and Identity in Modern Irish Culture" offers a compelling series of essays on changing images of Ireland from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. It seeks to understand the various ways in which Ireland has been thought about, not only in fiction, poetry and drama, but in travel writing and tourist brochures, nineteenth-century newspapers, radio talk shows, film adaptations of fictional works, and the music and songs of Van Morrison and Sinead O'Connor. The prevailing theme throughout the twelve essays that constitute the book is the complicated sense of belonging that continues to characterise so much of modern Irish culture. Questions of nationhood and national identity are given a new and invigorated treatment in the context of a rapidly changing Ireland and a changing set of intellectual methods and approaches.