Icons of Irishness from the Middle Ages to the Modern World

Hardcover | November 9, 2012

byM. Williams, Maggie Williams

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From majestic 'Celtic' crosses to elaborate knotwork designs, visual symbols of Irish identity abound in contemporary culture. In jewelry, souvenirs, tattoos, and even graphic novels and massive public murals, Irishness is depicted in its most medieval garb. Looking back to a mythical past, such images conjure up ancient realms of mystical druids, warrior Celts, and pious Christian monks. Icons of Irishness offers a commentary on the blending of pasts and presents that finds permanent visualization in these contemporary signs of Irish cultural identity. Williams considers both scholarly and popular perspectives, exploring the spaces where Irish modernity meets its 'Celtic' past.

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From majestic 'Celtic' crosses to elaborate knotwork designs, visual symbols of Irish identity abound in contemporary culture. In jewelry, souvenirs, tattoos, and even graphic novels and massive public murals, Irishness is depicted in its most medieval garb. Looking back to a mythical past, such images conjure up ancient realms of myst...

Maggie M. Williams is an assistant professor of Art History at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her work on Irish high crosses includes such essays as 'Warrior Kings and Savvy Abbotts: The Cross of the Scriptures, Clonmacnois,' and 'Celtic Tattoos: Ancient, Medieval, Postmodern.'

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:November 9, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230103200

ISBN - 13:9780230103207

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Introduction: Icons of IrishnessVisualizing AntiquityClassifying TasteMeet Me at the FairKeepsakes and SouvenirsProclaiming Independence, Expressing SolidarityAfterwordSelect Bibliography