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The Myth of Manliness

Book cover for The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, 1880-1922

10/11/2011    Professor Joseph Valente’s newly released book The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, 1880-1922 (University of Illinois Press 2011) offers the first contextually precise account of the male anxieties haunting revolutionary Ireland and demonstrates how the late Victorian ethos of manliness served to translate British rule as British hegemony and Irish resistance as Irish psychomachia.

Professor Valente has also edited Urban Ireland, a Special Issue of Eire-Ireland (XLV.1-2, 2010). His recent articles include “’An Iridescence Difficult to Account For’: Traumatic Sexual Initiation in Joyce’s Fictions of Development,” (with Margot Backus) ELH, 76.2(2009), 523-545; Middle Yeats,” (with Vicki Mahaffey)in W.B.Yeats (Irish Academic Press 2010),48-65.

His forthcoming articles include “Ethnostalgia; or the Feel of Not To Feel It: Irish Hunger and Traumatic Memory,” in Irish Memory, ed. Oona Frawley (Syracuse University Press 2011); “Shame’s Voice,”(with Margot Backus) in Collaborative Dubliners, ed. Vicki Mahaffey (Syracuse University Press, 2011); “Self-Queering Ireland,” in the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies (2011).