Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Pg. 99: Colleen Taylor's "Irish Materialisms"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Irish Materialisms: The Nonhuman and the Making of Colonial Ireland, 1690–1830 by Colleen Taylor.

About the book, from the publisher:
Irish Materialisms: The Nonhuman and the Making of Colonial Ireland, 1690-1830, is the first book to apply recent trends in new materialist criticism to Ireland. It radically shifts familiar colonial stereotypes of the feminized, racialized cottier according to the Irish peasantry's subversive entanglement with nonhuman materiality. Each of the chapters engages a focused case study of an everyday object in colonial Ireland (coins, flax, spinning wheels, mud, and pigs) to examine how each object's unique materiality contributed to the colonial ideology of British paternalism and afforded creative Irish expression.

The main argument of Irish Materialisms is its methodology: of reading literature through the agency of materiality and nonhuman narrative in order to gain a more egalitarian and varied understanding of colonial experience. Irish Materialisms proves that new materialism holds powerful postcolonial potential. Through an intimate understanding of the materiality Irish peasants handled on a daily basis, this book presents a new portrait of Irish character that reflects greater empowerment, resistance, and expression in the oppressed Irish than has been previously recognized.
Learn more about Irish Materialisms at the Oxford University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Irish Materialisms.

--Marshal Zeringue