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Inventing Ireland

Author: Declan Kiberd
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
Series: Convergences (Cambridge, Mass.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Just as Ireland has produced many brilliant writers in the past century, so these writers have produced a new Ireland. In a book unprecedented in its scope and approach, Declan Kiberd offers a vivid account of the personalities and texts, English and Irish alike, that reinvented the country after centuries of colonialism. The result is a major literary history of modern Ireland, combining detailed and daring  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Declan Kiberd
ISBN: 0674463633 9780674463639 0674463641 9780674463646
OCLC Number: 33101215
Description: xi, 719 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
A new England called Ireland? --
Ireland : England's unconsious? Interchapter ; Oscar Wilde : the artist as Irishman ; John Bull's other islander : Bernard Shaw --
Anglo-Ireland : the woman's part. Interchapter ; Tragedies of manners : Somerville and Ross ; Lady Gregory and the empire boys --
Yeats : looking into the lion's face. Interchapter ; Childhood and Ireland ; The national longing for form --
Return to the source? Interchapter ; Deanglicization ; Nationality of cosmopolitanism? ; J.M. Synge : remembering the future --
Revolution and war. Interchapter ; Uprising ; The Plebians revise the uprising ; The Great War and Irish memory --
Worlds apart? Ireland and the end of empire --
Inventing Irelands. Interchapter ; Writing Ireland, reading Ireland ; Inventing Irelands ; Revolt into style : Yeatsian poetics ; The last Aisling : a vision ; James Joyce and mythic realism --
Sexual politics. Interchapter ; Elizabeth Bowen : the dandy in revolt ; Fathers and sons ; Mothers and daughters. Protestant revivals. Interchapter ; Protholics and Cathestants ; Saint Joan : Fabian feminist, protestant mystic ; The winding stair ; Religious writing : Beckett and others --
Underdevelopment. Interchapter ; The periphery and the centre ; Flann O'Brien, Myles, and the poor mouth ; The empire writes back : Brendan Behan ; Beckett's texts of laughter and forgetting ; Post-colonial Ireland : "a quaking sod" --
Recovery and renewal. Interchapter ; Under pressure : the writer and society 1960-90 ; Friel translating ; Translating tradition --
Reinventing Ireland. Imaging Irish studies.
Series Title: Convergences (Cambridge, Mass.)
Responsibility: Declan Kiberd.

Abstract:

Just as Ireland has produced many brilliant writers in the past century, so these writers have produced a new Ireland. In a book unprecedented in its scope and approach, Declan Kiberd offers a vivid account of the personalities and texts, English and Irish alike, that reinvented the country after centuries of colonialism. The result is a major literary history of modern Ireland, combining detailed and daring interpretations of literary masterpieces with assessments of the wider role of language, sport, clothing, politics, and philosophy in the Irish revival. Inventing Ireland restores to the Irish past a sense of openness that it once had and that has since been obscured by narrow-gauge nationalists and their polemical revisionist critics. In closing, Kiberd outlines an agenda for Irish studies in the next century and detects the signs of a second renaissance in the work of a new generation of authors and playwrights, from Brian Friel to the younger Dublin writers.

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