One of many prophets who forecast the disasters of modernism, but one of the few who did it from the left. Georg Lukács was one of the leading European literary critics of the 20th century. His life story was entangled with the political storms that swept across his native Hungary – communist revolution, reaction, fascism,Continue reading »
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Our current episode is an interview with Seamus Deane on the literary critic Georg Lukács. What signs did this Marxist philosopher find in contemporary literature that European society in the 20th century was in a state of deep decay? Cornered by fascism and Stalinism, Lukács embarked on an intellectual journey that was uneven, dangerous andContinue reading »
From the 1910s to the 1950s, newsreels were the only source of non-fictional moving images available to the public. Many samples of this forgotten genre survive. Now researchers are uncovering a whole new set of archival sources that nuance and illustrate the history of Ireland in the first half of the 20th century. Ciara ChambersContinue reading »
In 2013, Roddy Flynn and Tony Tracy had a bright idea. Why not make a statistical analysis of Irish film? This conversation explores the surprising things they found out. Flynn and Tracy’s data-driven approach focuses particularly on the Irish Film Board and the projects it has supported. In this insightful and entertaining commentary, they exploreContinue reading »
This is a threshold moment, Johnny. The Mad Max world teeters on the edge of reason and on the edge of existence. It is difficult to think of a more highly-charged and high-octane film franchise that has reached a mass global audience. The four iconic films are among the most recognisable and influential movies ofContinue reading »
What is society going to look like if you have a certain number of people living forever? Mark O’Connell is best known for his bestselling, prizewinnng To Be A Machine. In that book, he describes various fringe projects around the world dedicated to extending human life as much as possible. In this interview, he connectsContinue reading »
BBC Arena documentary on Field Day made for the premiere of Brian Friel’s ‘Making History’ in 1988
BBC Radio Ulster program on the Field Day Production of Sam Shepard’s ‘A Particle of Dread’ at Signature Theater, New York, November 2014.
RTÉ radio documentary on the 25th anniversary (1995) of the premiere of Brian Friel’s ‘Translations’.
Field Day’s ‘A Particle of Dread’, by Sam Shepard, excerpt of the production at the Playhouse, Derry, December 2013.
The Story of Field Day. 2006 BBC documentary.
“The language we speak is always borrowed. We don’t invent it ourselves. It comes from somebody else.” Some modernist writers in search of a way out of their alienation found that leaving their own native languages offered a new freedom. Professor of Comparative Literature Barry McCrea explores the unexpected choices that helped some find aContinue reading »
Steve Coleman is an American anthropologist at Maynooth University who studies the Irish language and the Gaeltacht way of life. As part of that project, in the 1970s he got to know the legendary sean-nós singer Joe Heaney, whose music we talk about here. Steve also talks about how the linguistic anthropology approach can influenceContinue reading »
The first million-seller in the global music industry was the sheet music of Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies. Using this as his starting point, music historian and industry insider Michael Mary Murphy shows that there are long chains of cause and effect that run through the history of Irish popular music from 19th-century ballads to 21st-centuryContinue reading »
Radar was a pivotal military development of the Second World War. Until now, the normal place to read about radar would be in the pages of a history of the war or of the history of engineering. But media theorist Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan suggests here that a different kind of history of radar can beContinue reading »
The artist Anselm Kiefer was born in Germany in 1945. In this interview, Caitriona Leahy opens up a new sidelight on the work of Kiefer, who is now one of the most prominent figures on the international art scene. When he appropriates the work of the poet Ingeborg Bachmann in his own artworks, argues Leahy,Continue reading »
The provocative and inflammatory punditry of Jordan Peterson is coming to Ireland. In this interview, Tina-Karen Pusse sketches and critiques the politics of libertarianism and the New Right and anti-feminism that will draw crowds to Dublin’s 3Arena on 14 July. ‘Winning the War of Ideas’ will feature Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, and Douglas Murray. AnticipatingContinue reading »
How does a political outsider establish himself as the leader of a modern democracy? In this episode, historian Laura O’Brien of Northumbria University analyses 5 key moments in the short political career of Emmanuel Macron, the current president of France. O’Brien parses Macron as a choreographed confection who consciously echoes other grand homme leaders ofContinue reading »
How we can blend the study of literary history with literary geography and political economy? Professor Joe Cleary of Yale University tackles this question by guiding us through the World Literary System, which is a mode of analysis associated mainly with the literary critics Pascale Casanova and Franco Moretti. Cleary shows how this approach canContinue reading »