Martin Dowling, in what is perhaps the most comp[elling essay of the collection, deploys Slavoj Zizek's concept of the suture to think through the Other in Northern Irish cultural politics. Dowling identifies Ulster Scots as a suturing element--a cultural body harnessed to fill an inherent political "lack"--that stabilises Unionist identity in times of crisis. His essay considers more broadly the inherent limitations of the suture, whose logic functions like a "straightjacket on cultural life," and he proposes an alternative, genuinely open approach to Irish culture." From a review by Sarah Townsend in the Irish Literary Supplement, Spring 2010.
|Title of host publication||Facing the Other: Interdisciplinary Studies on Race, Gender and Social Justice in Ireland|
|Editors||Borbala Farago, Moynagh Sullivan|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Press|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|