The academic and creative work presented explores the processes of othering by investigating the forces in consciousness and culture which generate the assumptions, biases, stereotypes and myths out of which the Jewish other is produced. The representation of the Jew in Irish literature actually tells us much more about Irish than about Jewish identity, how in fact a whole psychohistory of Irishness is hidden in these neglected representations.
Presented in association with the Representations of the Jews in Irish Literature Project:
Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh
Prof. Ó Dochartaigh is a German scholar whose work in literature and history is interdisciplinary in a German-Jewish-Irish triangle. He has worked on the legacy of the Holocaust, the German involvement in Celtic Studies and, more recently, on Jews in Irish literature and history. He has published five monographs, including the first comprehensive study of Jews in GDR literature, a biography of the Austrian Celticist Julius Pokorny and a study of relations between Germans and Jews since the Holocaust as well as six edited collections and over forty articles and chapters.
He holds a BA (Hons) in German from University College Cardiff, a BA (Hons) in Irish Language and Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching from Ulster University, and a PhD in German cultural history from Nottingham University. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a former President of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland and a former Chair of the Royal Irish Academy’s Committee for Modern Languages.
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