Mike Cronin ( is a Senior Research Fellow in History at De Montfort University, Leicester. He is the author of Sport and Nationalism in Ireland: Gaelic Games, Soccer and Irish identity Since 1884 (Four Courts Press, Dublin 1999) and The Blueshirts and Irish Politics (Four Courts Press, Dublin 1997) and the editor (with David Mayall) of Sporting Nationalisms (Frank Cass, London 1998).

Richard Haslam ( is a graduate of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and Trinity College, Dublin. Formerly Lecturer in Irish Literature at The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, he is presently a Visiting Scholar at St Joseph's University, Philadelphia. In addition to contributing to The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture, he has published articles on Lady Morgan in Éire-Ireland, on Oscar Wilde in Irish Studies Review, and on Neil Jordan in New Hibernia Review; other publications include book chapters on Charles Maturin, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Charles Lever, and Irish literary representations of hell. Subjects of forthcoming articles and chapters include the writings of Conor Cruise O'Brien and Seamus Deane, connections between Bernard Mac Laverty's novel Cal anda the 1981 Hunger Strike, the visualization of political violence in contemporary Irish fiction, and the development of film in the Irish Republic. He is currently completing a monograph entitled "Apparitions: Fantastic Irish Fiction" for the University Press of Kentucky.

The Irish Interest Group is a student/faculty organization at the University of Texas at Austin that promotes a greater awareness and understanding of both the cultural documents and political conflicts of the thirty-two counties of Ireland. It has sponsored numerous visits from Sinn Fein representatives including Daisy Mules.
Karen Steele ( is an assistant professor of English at TCU, where she teaches Irish cultural studies. She is writing a book, Gender, Press, and Politics during the Celtic Revival, which explores the intersections of feminism, socialism and nationalism in women's journalism of pre-Independence Ireland.
Katie Kane ( is assistant professor of postcolonial studies at the University of Montana. She is currently working on the cultural and legislative history of the reservation in a book entitled To Hell or Pine Ridge: Legislation, Literature, and the Trans-Atlantic Development of the Reservation.
Bret Benjamin is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin where he will soon complete his dissertation, A Collection of Stories: Adjusting the Discourse of Development. He is the co-author of four books, including Connections: A Guide to On-Line Writing (Allyn & Bacon, 1998).

Michael Malouf ( is a graduate student at Columbia University where he is working on a dissertation on twentieth-century Irish and Carribean literature, He has published with James Joyce Quarterly as well as reviews for Workplace and Jouvert.

Kelli Maloy ( is an Assistant Professor of English at Mars Hill College in North Carolina. She has published an article on Julia O'Faolain and is currently revising essays on Anne Devlin and Sinead O'Connor.

Jude R. Meche ( is a doctoral student and Graduate Assistant in the Department of English at Texas A&M University. His current research focuses upon the relationship between Irish history and the drama of Ireland's contemporary playwrights. He serves as Editorial Assistant for the South Central Review and has articles published -- or accepted for publication -- in Modern Drama, Studies in the Humanities, Nua: Studies in Contemporary Irish Writing, and the Colby Quarterly.

James Morrison ( teaches film in the English Department at North Carolina State University. His work on film appears in Film Comment, Film Quarterly, and Screen, among other journals, and he is author of Passport to Hollywood: Hollywood Films, European Directors (SUNY, 1998). He is also the author of a memoir to be published by St. Martin's Press. He will present a version of this paper at the Hitchcock Centenary Conference at New York University, October, 1999.

Eugene O'Brien ( teaches at the University of Limerick in Ireland. He also works as a tutor for Oscail, the Irish distance learning project. He has published articles in Imprimatur, Minerva, Hermathena, Irish Studies Review, International Review of Modernism, H-Net, the Humanities on-line book review project, Nua, and Event Horizon. He published his first book The Question of Irish Identity in the Writings of William Butler Yeats and James Joyce in 1998, and is also the editor of the forthcoming Edwin Mellen Press Irish Studies series Ireland in Theory, which aims to imbricate Irish topics with the insights of contemporary literary, critical and cultural theory. His research interests include Irish literature and theory.

Pat O'Connor ( is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She has been a researcher and teacher for almost thirty years. Prior to taking up her present position, she was director of the MA in Women's Studies at the University of Limerick. She has worked at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin; the University of London; WIT, and NISW, London. Professor O'Connor has published extensively in Irish, British and American journals. In 1992 her Friendships Between Women was nominated by Choice as an outstanding academic book. Her fourth book, Emerging Voices: Women in Contemporary Irish Society was published by the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin in 1998.

Eileen O'Halloran ( is a doctoral candidate in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is writing a dissertation on the intersections of Irish nationalism, gender, and popular culture and is managing editor of The Beckett Circle and received her M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College, Dublin.

Lauren Onkey ( is an Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University, where she teaches twentieth-century British, irish, and Postcolonial literature. She has published on Black 47, Brien Friel, and Roddy Doyle, among others. Lauren thanks her graduate research assistant, Rebecca Wheeler, for her astute and timely legwork in helping to complete the research for this essay. Thanks also to Andrew Simmons for tracking down the perfect illustration.

Stanley Orr (, a recent graduate of the doctoral program in English at UCLA, currently serves as Assistant Professor of English at California Baptist University, where he teaches courses in literature, film, and cultural studies.

Maria Pramaggiore ( teaches film and women's and gender studies at North Carolina State University. She has essays in Screen, Cinema Journal, and Theatre Journal and is co-editor of RePresenting Bisexualities: Subject and Cultures of Fluid Desire (NYU, 1996). She is currently completing a manuscript on contemporary Irish and African-American film.

Richard Rankin Russell ( is a Teaching Fellow and doctoral candidate in English literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently writing a dissertation entitled "The Problems and Possibilities of Northern Irish Identity," under the direction of Weldon Thornton. He has published an essay, "Frank McGuinness's Exploration of Ulster Unionism's Mythic and Religious Culture in Observe the Sons of Ulster" in Working Papers in Irish Studies, 98-2. His interview with Harry Crews will be reprinted this fall in a collection of Crews essays from the University of Florida Press, entitled Getting Naked with Harry Crews.

Susan Shaw Sailer ( is professor of English at West Virginia University. She edited Representing Ireland: Gender, Class, Nationality (1997) and is the author of On the Void of To Be: Incoherence and Trope in Finnegan's Wake (1993). Currently she is writing a book-length study of changing representations of Irish identities as seen in the poetry of selected contemporary Irish poets. Her articles have appeared in New Hibernia Review, Études celtiques, Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies, James Joyce Quarterly, and Canadian Journal of Irish Studies.

Catherine Wynne ( is currently writing her dissertation, The Colonial Gothic: Fictional Modes in the Writing of Bram Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle, at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish and British fiction, Victorian aesthetics and culture, questions of genre, mode and form, with particular reference to the thematics of gothicism, literary Celticisms and artistic articulations of race, (post-) colonial literature and theory, film and film theory. She recently published "Arthur Conan Doyle and Psychic Photographs" in History of Photography.

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