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Inventing Ireland : [the literature of the modern nation]

Author: Declan Kiberd
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995.
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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
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Declan Kiberd
ISBN: 0674463641 9780674463646
OCLC Number: 62999824
Description: xi, 719 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. A New England Called Ireland? --
2. Oscar Wilde --
The Artist as Irishman --
3. John Bull's Other Islander --
Bernard Shaw --
4. Tragedies of Manners --
Somerville and Ross --
5. Lady Gregory and the Empire Boys --
6. Childhood and Ireland --
7. The National Longing for Form --
8. Deanglicization --
9. Nationality or Cosmopolitanism? --
10. J.M. Synge --
Remembering the Future --
11. Uprising --
12. The Plebeians Revise the Uprising --
13. The Great War and Irish Memory --
14. Ireland and the End of Empire --
15. Writing Ireland, Reading England --
16. Inventing Irelands --
17. Revolt Into Style --
Yeatsian Poetics --
18. The Last Aisling --
A Vision --
19. James Joyce and Mythic Realism --
20. Elizabeth Bowen --
The Dandy in Revolt --
21. Fathers and Sons --
22. Mothers and Daughters --
23. Protholics and Cathestants --
24. Saint Joan --
Fabian Feminist, Protestant Mystic --
25. The Winding Stair --
26. Religious Writing: Beckett and Others --
27. The Periphery and the Centre.
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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 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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