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:
Dr Barry Montgomery
Barry Montgomery is an Irish literary scholar specialising in Irish Jewish Studies and Irish Fiction. He has contributed seven chapters (from the Early Modern Period to the present in Irish fiction, drama and poetry) to the forthcoming co-authored critical volume of the AHRC funded Ulster University and NUI Galway Representations of Jews in Irish Literature project. He forms part of the project team for the accompanying Exhibition, which he has promoted on RTÉ radio, Irish television, and newspaper interviews, delivering lectures on Irish Jewish Literary Studies at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, at The Linen Hall Library, Belfast (to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, 2017), and related conference papers at The University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and Georgetown University, Washington DC. He has written on Ruth Gilligan’s Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan, has contributed to the forthcoming Crime Fiction – A Critical Casebook (Peter Lang), writing on Richard Head’s The English Rogue (1665), and contributed several entries on early nineteenth century fiction to The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820.