As part of a multi-volume proposed project on Irish Cultural Memory, abstracts are welcomed for a volume on James Joyce and Cultural Memory. A description of the project in its entirety follows below:
Call for Submissions: Memory Ireland
Essay submissions are invited for a proposed multi-volume collection entitled Memory Ireland. Cultural memory has garnered increasing attention within Irish Studies, but while 'memory=B9 is often mentioned, it has remained largely undefined, addressed only laterally; despite the ease with which we have used the term 'memory=B9 in recent decades, it is not an easy concept. We hav= e avoided discussion of how our cognitive capacity for memory might influence the formation of cultural memory, as well as how cultural memory itself shifts over time. Does cultural memory rely on memories of individuals and thus on cognitive principles, or does it take shape beyond the borders of the individual mind? What do stereotypes of Irish memory =AD as extensive, unforgiving, begrudging, but also blank on particular, usually traumatic, subjects =AD reveal about the ways in which cultural remembrance works in contemporary Irish culture, and in Irish diasporic culture? Might 'Irish cultural memory=B9 be said to differ from one time to another, from one place to another, or does something remain constant within the sphere of cultural memory? This project will attempt to map, in other words, a landscape of cultural memory in Ireland.
Theoretical, speculative and cross-disciplinary work will be particularly welcomed. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
the relationship between cultural memory and cognitive principles of memory= ; theoretical perspectives on memory using cognitive science, neuroscience, and / or psychology; analysis of the role of memory in Irish culture from any period; memory and the Irish state; memory and colonialism; memory and post-colonialism; memory and language; memory and place; trauma and history; forgetting in Irish cultural memory; the relationship between memory and history; 'sites of memory=B9: literary, historical, memorial, topographical, etc.
literature as a medium for cultural memory; analysis of specific figures/ authors as mediators of cultural memory in Ireland; analysis of specific events/ periods as significant within Irish cultural memory; the construction of cultural memory; immigration and cultural memory.
One volume of the project will look specifically at James Joyce and memory/ cultural memory. Reconsiderations of the importance of memory and cultural memory to Joyce's work are welcomed, as are analsyes of Joyce's own place i= n Irish cultural memory.