New Hibernia Review’s autumn issue now available online

New Hibernia Review, the quarterly journal published by the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies, is available online.

The journal’s most recent issue (winter, Vol. 8, No. 4) can be found at the Project Muse Web site.

All issues of New Hibernia Review since 2000 are available on the Project Muse site, which offers searchable, full-text issues of the St. Thomas-based journal.

Here’s a brief look at the contents of the most recent issue:

  • The issue opens with a survey of polyglot modern Dublin by Michael Cronin, director of Dublin City University’s Centre for Translation and Textual Studies. Asylum seekers and economic immigrants from Asia, Africa, and the former Eastern bloc have created a radical new language environment in Ireland – one in which Bosnian and Mandarin Chinese can be heard on the Irish airwaves.
  • Next, there’s an article about Frank J. Hugh O’Donnell (1894-1976), whose scripts were mainstays of the Irish amateur repertoire during his lifetime, and whose 1919 play The Dawn Mist gained special notoriety for attracting political censorship. Albert De Giacomo and Jonas Friddle of Berea College are the authors.
  • One of the most distinguished Irish-American poets, Maura Stanton of Indiana University, then presents a suite of poems that display her characteristic range and subtlety.
  • Dr. Charles Fanning of SIU-Carbondale – the foremost scholar of Irish-American literature – then offers a study of the youthful patriot Robert Emmet whose work wove its way into the imaginations of Irish America for a full century after his execution. Often humorous (Emmet’s story turned up in outrageous melodramas at times), the patriot’s memory was nonetheless deeply ennobling to the immigrant community.
  • Next, there’s an article about how the poet, journalist and politician George Russell (1867-1935) sought to improve the lives of rural women in Ireland by means of the Irish Country Woman’s Association. The author is Dr. Leeann Lane of the Mater Dei Institute in Dublin.
  • Writing from Portugal, Rui Carvalho Homem then takes a close look at the associations and connotations lying behind Derek Mahon’s well-known poem “Courtyards in Delft ” (1981).
  • Fairy lore is often associated with Ireland; in the next article, Dr. Kathleen Heininge of George Fox University surveys William Butler Yeats’ on-again, off-again fascination with the fairies, leprechauns and other supernatural creatures of Irish folklore.
  • Finally, the issue closes with "Radharc ar gCúl / A Backward Glance," a regular feature that holds up classic works of Irish writing for fresh examination. In this issue, the book considered is Vivian Mercier’s 1962 intertwining of Gaelic and Anglo-Irish literatures, The Irish Comic Tradition. Contributing scholars are James M. Cahalan, of Indiana University of Pennsylvania; the poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, of Trinity College, Dublin; the theater critic Anthony Roche of University College Dublin; and Patrick O’Sullivan from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.

For more information, including subscription information (managing editor Jim Rogers points out that subscriptions to New Hibernia Review make wonderful St. Patrick’s Day gifts), please contact the Center for Irish Studies, (651) 962-5662, or Mail #5008, or e-mail Jim Rogers. Visit the center’s Web site for additional information.