‘Remembering’ Past Futures: Commemoration and the Roads Untaken
Heather Laird is a lecturer in English at University College Cork. She is a postcolonial scholar whose research interests include theories and practices of resistance, connections between Ireland and India, Irish cultural criticism, and alternative temporalities. She has published several essays and book chapters on the consequences of, and responses to, colonialism in Ireland. She is the author of Subversive Law in Ireland, 1879‒1920 (2005), a book that explores the extent to which an unwritten agrarian code of popular justice in pre-Independence Ireland undermined the legitimacy of the colonial legal system. She is the editor of Daniel Corkery’s Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings (2012), a critical reader that situates Corkery, the most influential and provocative cultural commentator of the early Irish Free State, within an international context of anti-colonialism.