CFP # 8


Call for Articles, Reviews and Interviews


Published by the University of Łodź in Poland
Dorota Filipczak

No. 8

Special Themed Issue

Engaging the Political

in Irish Literature and Culture

edited by Wit Pietrzak

(University of Łódź)


Modern Irish literature has always been inextricably intertwined with the public domain of the country. Even when Ireland did not exist as an independent political entity, it was in literature, as much as in politics, that various dimensions of Irishness were traced and put forward. The Young Ireland movement of the 1840s saw the importance of reviving traditional patriotic poetry so that through verse people could be alerted to the political expediencies of the time. In the twentieth century, this engagement gained still greater momentum in the work of W. B. Yeats, whose volume Responsibilities announces in one of the two epigraphs that “In dreams begins responsibility,” the responsibility for the cultural as well as political edification of the people. James Joyce, though he has Stephen Dedalus assert that “History […] is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake,” did not shun infusing his works with appraisals of Ireland past and present. A similar “negative” preoccupation with the public, as T. W. Adorno claimed, came to prominence in Samuel Beckett’s drama and prose. Finally the onset of the Troubles compelled numerous Irish poets, playwrights and novelists, from the Republic as well as from Ulster and the entire Irish diaspora, to take a stance in the discussion of the dramatic situation in Ireland.

These are only some of the best-known of the Irish writers whose work entered into debate with political discontents. The fraught relations with the public sphere have marked the unravelling of Irish letters in various ways and so, in the year that marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Easter Uprising, the forthcoming issue of Text Matters invites contributions that explore the various dimensions of engagement of Irish literature and culture with the broadly-conceived public domain.

Please send proposals of no more than 400 words to:

Deadline for proposals: January 31, 2017

Deadline for final essays: May 10, 2017

Word limit for final essays: 4,000-7,000