Dr. Tríona Ní Shíocháin to launch new book
Singing Ideas: Performance, Politics and Oral Poetry (Berghahn 2018) by Dr. Tríona Ní Shíocháin, Department of Music, UCC, will be launched Wednesday 28 November at 4.30pm in the Lowercase Bookshop, UCC.
Considered by many to be the greatest Irish song poet of her generation, Máire Bhuí Ní Laeire (Yellow Mary O’Leary; 1774–1848) was an illiterate woman unconnected to elite literary and philosophical circles who powerfully engaged the politics of her own society through song. As an oral arts practitioner, Máire Bhuí composed songs whose ecstatic, radical vision stirred her community to revolt and helped to shape nineteenth-century Irish anti-colonial thought. This provocative and richly theorized study explores the re-creative, liminal aspect of song, treating it as a performative social process that cuts to the very root of identity and thought formation, thus re-imagining the history of ideas in society.