New Series: Irish Studies

Vernon Press invites book proposals for edited volumes, co-authored books and single-author monographs on Irish Studies, with an interdisciplinary outlook.

Éire has fascinated travellers and writers as well as scholars for centuries, but it is only recently that Irish Studies have garnered wider academic interest; many universities around the world have opened departments devoted to the study of this country’s culture, history, and literature, among other areas, in the last decades. This series will be of interest to scholars and students as well as independent researchers with an interest in Ireland from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Possible contributions include (but are not limited to):

Images of Ireland in Contemporary Media and Literature

  • The Irish Immigrant in the US: Film and TV.
  • The Celtic Past in Historical Fiction.
  • Self-Representation in Irish Films and TV Shows.
  • Ireland in Foreign Media.

Politics and Religion in Ireland

  • Economy in Ireland: agriculture, trade, tourism.
  • Local government organisation and issues.
  • Irish Law: Constitution and Legislation.
  • Political parties and general elections analysis.
  • Religious Groups in Ireland and how they interact with each other.

History and Archaeology

  • Early Irish History (Prehistoric, Roman, Early Celts, Early Christianity)
  • Middle Ages to the 16th century (Anglo-Norman Invasion, Ireland under Norman rule, Elizabeth I’s rule).
  • Modern Ireland and British Rule (17th-19th centuries, the Act of Union, Irish migration, the Great Potato Famine).
  • Ireland in the 20th century (the Irish Free State, de Valera’s governments, the Republic, EEC membership).

Irish Literature

  • Middle Ages (early Christian manuscripts, mythology and sagas, Classical Irish verse).
  • Early Modern literature (Popular literature, oral compositions).
  • Anglo-Irish literature 17th-19th centuries (Irish Restoration playwrights, women writers).
  • 20th century to present-day Irish literature:
    • Poetry: W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Padraic Colum, Rita Ann Higgins.
    • Theatre: Samuel Beckett, Thomas Kilroy, Enda Walsh, Peter Sheridan.
    • Prose: James Joyce, Patrick Pearse, Pádraig Ó Conaire, Niall Williams.

Arts and Culture in Ireland

  • Irish Music vs Celtic Music.
  • Irish Music in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Architecture in Ireland from Pre-Christian Structures to the 21st century
  • Art:
    • Pre-Christian Art.
    • Art in Ireland during the Middle Ages.
    • Early Modern Art to the 19th century: painters (Garret Morphey, Susanna Drury, John Lavery), sculptors (Mary Redmond, Rowan Gillespie, Rachel Joynt).

How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page monograph proposals to including a summary, a short biographical note and (if applicable) a list of similar titles. Proposals that treat other topics of relevance to the series in Irish Studies are also welcome. More information on what we look for in a proposal is available on our website.

About the publisher

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors, and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles.

This proposal is due on April 30th 2024.

Page last updated on December 14th 2023. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.