Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger's Tales by Conn Holohan, Tony Tracy PDF

By Conn Holohan, Tony Tracy

ISBN-10: 113730023X

ISBN-13: 9781137300232

Masculinity and Irish pop culture is an interdisciplinary choice of essays through verified and rising students, analysing the transferring representations of Irish males throughout a number pop culture varieties within the interval of the Celtic Tiger and past. From the self-stylings of GAA celebrity Paul Galvin to theatrical depictions of an Irish masculinity in obstacle, the essays firmly situate those various pictures of Irish manhood in the social and cultural contexts that produced them. Taking as its total context the social adjustments instigated via the commercial increase of the Nineteen Nineties, the ebook strains the consequences of those adjustments into well known understandings of what it really is to be an Irish male. via insightful analyses of movie, theatre, literature and extra, the essays during this assortment argue that Irish masculinity has turn into a extra heterogeneous suggestion inside of this era whereas critiquing the gender binaries that proceed to constitution Irish society and culture.

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Likewise, the denomination of certain forms of masculinity as subordinate does not merely serve to reassure those men whose subjectivity is not encompassed by such denominations; on the contrary, it serves as a constant and anxious reminder that the privileges of normative, heterosexual masculinity are always provisional, requiring constant endeavour and self-policing; for this reason homophobia is not, contrary to liberal pluralist aspirations, a lingering problem to be expunged but a structural component of the capitalist sex-gender system.

Cronin 23 natural but ideological does not mean they are not ‘real’, in the sense of being profoundly deep-rooted and resistant to change – on the contrary, to recognize gender as ideology is to confront precisely the difficulty of transforming those norms. Moreover, the drag performance may not necessarily be motivated by any subversive intent but by a mournful longing for a reified gender ideal. In other words, the failure of the drag performance may equally serve to reinforce our presumption that there is a ‘real’ masculinity or femininity which is clearly not being accomplished here.

19 In utilizing the dynamics of consensual, sexual dominance and submission within the performance, Opus Gei makes a parodic commentary on the abuses of its extensive power by the institution of the Catholic Church. As with most drag performances, Opus Gei is designed to evoke laughter and hilarity among its audience. One can speculate whether the location of drag within the language of laughter may be one of the reasons why it is dismissed as operating ‘merely’ within the sphere of cultural representation rather than within the sphere of substantive political activism.

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