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O'Brien, Eugene 1958-

Works: 25 works in 112 publications in 3 languages and 8,306 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography  Sources  Bibliographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6058.E2, 821.914
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Seamus Heaney and the place of writing by Eugene O'Brien( Book )
10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 583 libraries worldwide
Seamus Heaney : searches for answers by Eugene O'Brien( Book )
12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 322 libraries worldwide
Thematically arranged and clearly structured, this book explores the seminal themes in Heaney's writing: aesthetics, politics, language, identity and myth, ethics and notions of Irishness. It is the first such study of Heaney to take into account all of his writings, poetry, prose and translations in order to demonstrate that these themes are coherently developed throughout his work. The detailed reading of various aspects of Heaney's prose should prove valuable to students of his poetry, proving a depth of reference to his evolving thought processes. A central strand of this study is an exploration of Heaney's ethical and political project with respect to issues of Irish identity as outlined in his writings. This work suggests that there are analogies between Heaney's political and ethical thought, and that of Jacques Derrida, Maurice Blanchot and Emmanuel Levinas. Each chapter concentrates on a single theme: his sense of the aesthetic, and its role in terms of politics and ethics; his relationship with politics as a contemporary situation; his notion of place, both as a given, and as something that could be reimagined; his enunciation of a sense of visceral identity; his concept of ethics in terms of a relationship between selfhood and alterity; his notion of the many threads which combine to produce a sense of Irishness. Finally, the Nobel lectures of Yeats and Heaney are examined in order to trace the complex relationship between these two writers in terms of the ethical similarities of their views on the role of the aesthetic with respect to the politic, as well as in terms of their attitudes to the complexities of identity. -- Publisher description
Seamus Heaney : creating Irelands of the mind by Eugene O'Brien( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 280 libraries worldwide
"This study of all of Seamus Heaney's work to date - poetry, prose and translations - traces his development from an acceptance of the givens of Irish society, in terms of politics, culture, nationalism and religion, to a more complicated and ongoing critique of these givens. It also parallels this process of development with that of Irish society in general, which has travelled a broadly similar path. It is the intersection of his writing with this societal development that makes Heaney such a central figure for any study of contemporary Ireland." "Heaney's work develops the process of moving from an inward-looking preoccupation with history, the past and racial memory, to an outward-looking mindset directed on the present and future. The recurring themes of digging in memory, the power of language, the interplay between art and politics, and between the individual and the tribe, are examined in detail."--Jacket
The question of Irish identity in the writings of William Butler Yeats and James Joyce by Eugene O'Brien( Book )
12 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 153 libraries worldwide
This study seeks to redefine the notions of Irishness and of Irish identity which have been current in cultural and socio-political discourse since the beginning of this century, and secondly, it offers readings of the work of William Butler Yeats and James Joyce which demonstrate their similar negative epistemologies of identity. It is part of the work?s argument that cultural and aesthetic writings have seminal influences on the political infrastructure of the modern nation, and so the book analyzes the political import of cultural and literary movements. In what is possibly the first such p
Seamus Heaney as aesthetic thinker : a study of the prose by Eugene O'Brien( Book )
2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
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From prosperity to austerity : a socio-cultural critique of the Celtic Tiger and its aftermath ( Book )
8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 112 libraries worldwide
This collection examines the Celtic Tiger, the Irish economic phenomenon and the subsequent financial disaster, from a socio-cultural perspective. Employing a wide range of cultural lenses, the book critiques the cultural, political and aesthetic implications of the progression from prosperity to austerity and the impact this has had on the psyche of Irish culture. An eclectic mix of theoretical approaches enables treatment of religion, literature, popular culture, photography, gastronomy, music, gender, immigration and film, as contributors assess how the Celtic Tiger was represented, or misrepresented, in these particular spheres of experience. This book will be of interest to academics and students who are interested in contemporary Ireland and recent Irish history, as well as to the general reader anxious to understand the effects of this period on the real lives of people as expressed through culture. It features contributions by internationally acknowledged experts in their fields and offers a comprehensive overview of the cultural consequences of the Celtic Tiger and its aftermath
Eden by Eugene O'Brien( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and Dutch and held by 99 libraries worldwide
Billy and Breda haven't had a night out together in years. Tonight, Breda's lost weight and gained a babysitter and a new outfit and is ready to sweep Billy off his feet down at Flanagans. But Billy has other plans - most of them involving Imelda Edgan
Breaking the mould : literary representations of Irish Catholicism ( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 81 libraries worldwide
Catholicism has played a major role in Irish society for centuries. At times, it is perceived in a negative light, although there are positive aspects such as education and concern for the poor. This book examines how Ireland's writers have portrayed Catholicism's relationship with the country
Examining Irish nationalism in the context of literature, culture and religion : a study of the epistemological structure of nationalism by Eugene O'Brien( Book )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
This study argues that it is only through its epistemological perspective that nationalism can be properly analyzed. It goes on to offer such an analysis, utilizing the work of Jacques Lacan. This study contents that the captation of the self by a reflected, two-dimensional image of that self is the sine qua non of the epistemology of nationalism, as a sense of group selfhood is defined performatively through this process. The strong connections between nationalism and religion are examined Finally, the supposed difference between political nationalism and 'cultural nationalism' is interrogate
Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism : from Galway to Cloyne and beyond by Eamon Maher( Book )
4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 55 libraries worldwide
This book traces the steady decline in Irish Catholicism from the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979 up to the Cloyne report into clerical sex abuse in that diocese in 2011. The young people awaiting the Pope's address in Galway were entertained by two of Ireland's most charismatic clerics, Bishop Eamon Casey and Fr Michael Cleary, both of whom were subsequently revealed to have been engaged in romantic liaisons at the time. The decades that followed the Pope's visit were characterised by the increasing secularisation of Irish society. Boasting an impressive array of contributors from various backgrounds and expertise, the essays in the book attempt to trace the exact reasons for the progressive dismantling of the cultural legacy of Catholicism and the consequences this has had on Irish society
Modernity and postmodernity in a Franco-Irish context ( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
La France face a la mondialisation = France and the struggle against globalization : bilingual essays on the role of France in the world ( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in French and English and held by 40 libraries worldwide
Reinventing Ireland through a French prism ( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
War of the words : literary rebellion in France and Ireland by Association for Franco-Irish Studies( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in French and English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
Seamus Heaney's prose : searches for answers by Eugene O'Brien( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
Oxford bibliographies ( file )
in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on literary and critical theory. Bibliographies are browsable by subject and keyword searchable
Burial refused by Eugene O'Brien( Article )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Seamus Heaney by Eugene O'Brien( file )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
"The soul exceeds its circumstances" : the later poetry of Seamus Heaney by Eugene O'Brien( file )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
""The Soul Exceeds its Circumstances": The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney brings together sixteen of the most prominent scholars who have written on Seamus Heaney to examine the Nobel prize-winner's later poetry from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives. While a great deal of attention has been devoted to Heaney's early and middle poems--the Bog Poems in particular--this book focuses on the poetry collected in Heaney's Seeing Things (1991), The Spirit Level (1996), Electric Light (2001), District and Circle (2006), and Human Chain (2010) as a thematically connected set of writings. The starting point of the essays in this collection is that these later poems can be grouped in terms of style, theme, approach, and intertextuality. They develop themes that were apparent in Heaney's earlier work, but they also break with these themes and address issues that are radically different from those of the earlier collections. The essays are divided into five sections, focusing on ideas of death, the later style, translation and transnational poetics, luminous things and gifts, and usual and unusual spaces. A number of the contributors see Heaney as stressing the literary over the actual and as always looking at the interstices and positions of liminality and complexity. His use of literary references in his later poetry exemplifies his search for literary avatars against whom he can test his own ideas and with whom he can enter into an aesthetic and ethical dialogue. The essayists cover a great deal of Heaney's debts to classical and modern literature--in the original languages and in translations--and demonstrate the degree to which the streets on which Heaney walked and wrote were two-way: he was influenced by Virgil, Petrarch, Milosz, Wordsworth, Keats, Rilke and others and, in turn, had an impact on contemporary poets. This remarkable collection will appeal to scholars and literary critics, undergraduates as well as graduate students, and to the many general readers of Heaney's poetry. "The scope and remit of 'The Soul Exceeds Its Circumstances' position it to make a welcome and timely contribution to scholarship on Seamus Heaney, whose death in 2013 brought to an end over five decades of creative output. Eugene O'Brien's decision to devote a collection of essays to the later poetry thus promises to fill a gap in 'Heaney Studies, ' extending coverage and suggesting some new directions in critical methodology."--Jason David Hall, University of Exeter"--
'Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse' Negotiating Texts and Contexts in Contemporary Irish Studies by Eugene O'Brien( file )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
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