Culture & Colonialism

Culture & Colonialism

Funded by: HEA (Higher Education Authority), NDP (National Development Plan), EU (European Union).

Publications for this project...


Professor Sean RyderProject Leader
Francesca BenattiPostgraduate researcher
Timothy KeanePostgraduate researcher
John MouldenPostgraduate researcher


Convenor: Dr Sean Ryder, Department of English

The aim of this project is to investigate the transnational exchanges between these islands at the levels of print and popular culture in the early nineteenth century. In doing so it will also enable an assessment of historic and existing interpretive models, whether imperialist, nationalist, or postcolonial. Print and popular culture in nineteenth-century Ireland, be it journalism, ballads, or other forms of popular literature, have only recently become an object of extensive scholarly study. Certain complicated relationships of solidarity as well as contestation between Ireland and Britain are visible in the circulation and hybridization of popular cultural forms; for instance, the use of Irish ballads by English Chartists, or the appropriation of English journalistic models by the Irish cultural nationalist press. This project will focus on three key areas: popular ballads in both Irish and English; the relations between English radical culture and Irish nationalism; and the history and character of the Irish periodical press in the aftermath of the Act of Union.


Dr Sean Ryder, Dr Elizabeth Tilley, Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Dr Niall Ó Ciosáin, Dr Gearóid Denvir, Dr Maura Cronin

Publications from this project

Ryder, S. 2004, James Clarence Mangan: Selected Writings, UCD Press.

Moulden, J. 2004, ‘Obituary', for Paddy Tunney, folk singer, in Folk Music Journal.

Keane, T. 2003, 'Making the Irish "English": William Cobbett's A History of the Protestant 'Reformation' in England and Ireland' in R. Gonzalez (ed.) The Representation of Ireland/s: Images from Outside and from Within, Barcelona: PPU, pp. 89-100.

Tilley, E. 2003, 'Science, Industry, and Nationalism in the Dublin Penny Journal,' in Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media, in L. Henson, G. Cantor, et al. (eds.), Ashgate, pp. 139-151.

Ryder, S. 2001, ‘Young Ireland and the 1798', in L. Geary (ed.) Rebellion and Remembrance in Modern Ireland, Four Courts Press, pp. 135-47.

Moulden, J. 2001, ‘Foreword', to John Kennedy, Together in TimeLoughshore Traditions Group, Belfast [book and cd of folk songs].

Moulden, J. 2001, ‘‘The Blooming Bright Star of Belleisle': American Native of Irish Immigrant?", in P. Fitzgerald & S. Ickringill (eds.) Atlantic Crossroads: Historical Connections between Scotland, Ulster and North America, Colourpoint Books, Newtownards, pp. 55-66.

Moulden, J. 1986-2001, ‘The gallant female sailor', or ‘Anne Jane Thornton', Irish Folk Music Studies, Eigse Ceol Tire, vols. 5-6, pp. 29-46.

Moulden, J. and Quinn, S (eds.) 2001, The Traditional Song Education Pack, Belfast:The Educational Resources Centre.

Cronin, M. 2001, ‘Memory, Story and Balladry: 1798 and its Place in Popular Memory in Pre-Famine Ireland' in L. Greary (ed.) Rebellion and Remembrance in modern Ireland, Dublin: Four Courts Press, pp 112-134.

Moulden, J. 2003, Sixteen articles (1400 words) including ‘Orange Songs', for An Encyclopaedia of Ireland Dublin, Gill & MacMillan.

Tilley, E. 2000, ‘Charting Culture in The Dublin University Magazine,' in Leon Litvak and Glenn Hooper (eds.), Ireland in the Nineteenth-Century: Regional Identity, pp. 58-66, Four Courts Press.

Tilley, E. 2001, ‘Stoker, Paris, and the Crisis of Identity,' in Literature and History, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 26-41.

Tilley, E. 2001, ‘Wayne E. Hall, Dialogues in the Margin: A Study of The Dublin University Magazine'[Review], in Victorian Periodicals Review, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 409-411.