This collection of essays honors Christopher Fox of Notre Dame, arguably the most influential figure in Irish studies for the past quarter century. The essays address topics in which Fox has made his own enduring scholarly contributions and subjects to which he has made enduring contributions through his academic leadership.
This book is a collection of essays and a short story written to honor Christopher Fox of Notre Dame, arguably the most influential figure in Irish Studies for the past quarter century. The essays address topics in which Professor Fox has made his own enduring scholarly contributions, and subjects to which he has made enduring contributions through his academic leadership, from the development of library collections and important fellowships at his university to the institution of a global community of scholars in Irish Studies. The disciplines represented by the essays published here include English Literature, Irish Literature, Comparative Literature, Medieval Studies, Librarianship, History, Intellectual History, Irish Folklore, Philosophy, and Documentary Film.
Seven of the fifteen essays focus on topics at the intersection of Irish Studies and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Fox’s own specialty. They include studies of Edmund Burke’s late-career view of the free market and social justice; the persistent influence of William Molyneux and Jonathan Swift in late eighteenth-century Irish patriots’ political vision; Swift’s conception of neighborliness in his fiction and sermons; the satirist’s illnesses and their bearing on his social relationships; the anthropogenic dimension of Alexander Pope’s Dunciad; the reception of Lucretius’ De rerum natura in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British Isles; and an examination of the conception of the self in the philosophical work of John Locke and Charles Mein.
The remainder cover texts and issues such as the role of Continental influence on medieval Irish epic, the relations of poets and lords in early modern Ireland, perspectives on writers in Irish folklore, and the relations of social class and linguistic change in the modern novel. There is as well a pair of essays on the 1916 Dublin Easter Rising, one examining the role of the theater in the participants’ conceptions of that event, the other discussing the creation of the award winning recent documentary series of which Fox was executive producer, 1916: The Irish Rebellion.
The contributions open with a Forward by the former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, and conclude with a new short story by the Irish novelist Patrick McCabe. The book includes a Select Bibliography of the publications of Professor Fox, and an Index.
List of Illustrations
Foreword byMary McAleese
Introduction: A Knowledge both of Books and Humankind byJames G. Buickerood
Part I. Scholarship and Academic Leadership
Chapter 1:Chris Fox—The Man Who Reimagined Irish Studies byJoseph McMinn
Chapter 2: “Casting and Gathering”: Chris Fox the Librarian byAedín Ní Bhróithe Clements
Part II. Medieval and Early Modern Irish Epic and Verse
Chapter 3: The Erasure of a Warrior’s Body: Cú Chulainn, Isidore of Seville, and Irish
Independence byAmy C. Mulligan
Chapter 4: Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn’s Poem for Cormac O’Hara: “A good merchant is Cormac” by
Part III. The Early Eighteenth-Century Unsubstantial Self Redux
Chapter 5: Self as Consciousness, Self as Sui Generis: John Locke and Charles Mein on the
Nature of Self byJames G. Buickerood
Part IV. Eschatological and Ecological Judgment in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Chapter 6: Shipwreck with Spectators: or, Watching the Pain of Others in Seventeenth- and
Eighteenth-Century Intellectual History byDirk F. Paßmann and Hermann J. Real
Chapter 7: Pope’s Anthropogenic Dunciadby John Sitter
Part V. Jonathan Swift’s Relations—with Patients, with Neighbors
Chapter 8: Swift’s “Careful” Nurse and Sick Relations byPaul William Child
Chapter 9: Swift’s Neighbours: Mutual Subjection, Brotherly Love, and Kindness to Yahoos by
Kurt Edward Milberger
Part VI. Late Eighteenth-Century Reactionary Thought and Revolutionary Spirit
Chapter 10: Jonathan Swift, “Dangerous Authors,” and the Irish Patriot Tradition byJim Smyth
Chapter 11: “A Vulgar Bourgeois Through and Through”: Marx’s Burke and the Rise of the
Political Economist byCarole Fabricant
Part VII. The Easter Rising on Stage and in Film
Chapter 12: Merely Players: Shakespeare and 1916 byDeclan Kiberd
Chapter 13: Screening the 1916 Rebellion by Bríona Nic Dhiarmada
Part VIII. Perspectives on Language
Chapter 14: Fame and Popular Culture: Thoughts on Writers and Orality in Ireland by Diarmuid
Chapter 15: On Language Change and Social Class in the Novel byBarry McCrea
Part IX. Irish Fiction
Chapter 15: The Glasson County Accident byPatrick McCabe
Select Bibliography of the Works of Christopher Fox
About the Contributors