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American Journal of Irish Studies

Volume Thirteen:

All thought is processed in language and so the evolution of language in Ireland, that long shift from Irish to English, the Irish language revival period of the late nineteenth century and its relation to cultural nationalism, the various resurgences and cycles of dedication, distain and loss, all contribute to understanding the Irish people.

This is a serious book about humor, which might appear at first to be a very curious subject indeed. And even more curious this is a book investigating humor in the Irish language, a theme which until recently has been broadly overlooked despite the fact that humor is a vital part of the Irish psyche. But humor has always been a particularly useful tool in dealing with the vagaries of life, as we see in this volume humor can be used to diffuse the sense of isolation caused by language loss by the creation of a comedic space which incongruously values and devalues that loss.

This bilingual volume introduces Irish language research to a readership which until now has been excluded from access to contemporary inquiry in this field of Irish Studies. In addition, this is the first Irish language publication from Glucksman Ireland House at New York University.


The American Journal of Irish Studies (AJIS) is intended to be a forum for discussion on Irish and Irish-American literature, history, arts and culture, and contemporary issues.

The American Journal of Irish Studies (AJIS) is now accepting submissions for a Fall 2016/Spring 2017 special issue entitled "1916 and Its Aftermath."

Formerly entitled Radharc: A Journal of Irish and Irish-American StudiesThe American Journal of Irish Studies was launched in March of 2012 and, like Radharc, it features articles drawn from the public events series at Glucksman Ireland House NYU, including our annual named lectures, the Ernie O’Malley Lecture (on an Irish-American subject), the Irish Institute of New York Lecture (on an Irish subject), and the Barra Ó Donnabháin Lecture (on the Irish language), as well as from special events. American Journal of Irish Studies will be published annually and does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.


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Click here to view the table of contents of volume twelve of the American Journal of Irish Studies.


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Click here to view the table of contents of volume ten of the American Journal of Irish Studies.


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Click here to view the table of contents of volume nine of the American Journal of Irish Studies.


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