Technically Pop: “Normal People and Ireland in Film and TV”

Actress Daisey Edgar-Jones (as Marianne) and actor Paul Mescal (as Connell) sit together in tall, green grass and face an on-coming wind in this still from the Hulu show "Normal People."

This week, Molly Slavin, Eric Lewis, and Corey Goergen discuss depictions of Ireland in two 2020 properties: the film Wild Mountain Thyme and the television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People. We discuss why so many Irish-set fictions seem like period pieces and what, exactly, a “balletic millennial bedtime” is. Then, we discuss the different ways that the television show Derry Girls, Anna Burns’s novel Milkman, and Gerry Adams’s twitter account all attempt to re-frame the Troubles.

Recommended Reading

The Balletic Millennial Bedtimes of ‘Normal People’” by Lorrie Moore

Has Self-Awareness Gone too Far in Fiction” by Katy Waldman


Listen to the rest of Technically Pop’s Spring 2021 miniseries here: Part 1–Bridgerton, Part 2–Disney+, and Part 3–2020 in Film.

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Corey Goergen

About Corey Goergen

Corey Goergen is a Brittain Fellow at Georgia Tech. He has an MA from the University of Georgia and a PhD from Emory. His teaching and research focuses on the histories of disability and addiction and the literature of the long eighteenth century.
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