France and Ireland : Notes and Narratives, Paperback / softback Book

France and Ireland : Notes and Narratives Paperback / softback

Edited by Una Hunt, Mary Pierse

Part of the Reimagining Ireland series

Paperback / softback

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The rich association between Ireland and France is embodied in music, art and creative writing from both countries and this collection provides a tantalising selection of these interweaving influences.

The book presents a vivid picture of interactions between composers, performers, poets and novelists on each side of the Celtic Sea.

Surprises abound, with music unexpectedly linking Ireland and France through George Alexander Osborne and Frederic Chopin, through Thomas Moore and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, through Irish-inspired French opera and a French-directed Irish orchestra.

Words and music meet in a Kate O'Brien novel, a musical interpretation of Verlaine and a selection of Paula Meehan's poetry, while the encounter between wine and music creates new possibilities for artistic and cultural expression.

Exploring the works and influence of a wide range of figures including James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Jacques Derrida, J.M.

Synge, Helene Cixous, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Neil Jordan and John Field, the essays collected here uncover a wealth of artistic interconnections between France and Ireland.