A Companion to Irish Literature (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to Irish Literature (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Dr. Julia M. Wright (editor)Hardback

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Featuring new essays by international literary scholars, the two-volume Companion to Irish Literature encompasses the full breadth of Ireland's literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the present day. * Covers an unprecedented historical range of Irish literature * Arranged in two volumes covering Irish literature from the medieval period to 1900, and its development through the twentieth century to the present day * Presents a re-visioning of twentieth-century Irish literature and a collection of the most up-to-date scholarship in the field as a whole * Includes a substantial number of women writers from the eighteenth century to the present day * Includes essays on leading contemporary authors, including Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Roddy Doyle, and Emma Donoghue * Introduces readers to the wide range of current approaches to studying Irish literature

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Julia M. Wright is Canada Research Chair in European Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada. She is the author of Blake, Nationalism, and the Politics of Alienation (2004) and Ireland, India and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature (2007), and the editor of Irish Literature, 1750 1900: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).



Acknowledgments xi

Notes on Contributors xiii

Introduction 1 Julia M. Wright

Part One: The Middle Ages 15

1. Tain Bo Cuailnge 17 Ann Dooley

2. Finn and the Fenian Tradition 27 Joseph Falaky Nagy

3. The Reception and Assimilation of Continental Literature 39 Barbara Lisa Hillers

Part Two: The Early Modern Era 57

4. Bardic Poetry, Masculinity, and the Politics of Male Homosociality 59 Sarah E. McKibben

5. Annalists and Historians in Early Modern Ireland, 1450 1700 76 Bernadette Cunningham

6. Hungry Eyes and the Rhetoric of Dispossession: English Writing from Early Modern Ireland 92 Patricia Palmer

7. Kinds of Irishness: Henry Burnell and Richard Head 108 Deana Rankin

Part Three: The Eighteenth Century 125

8. Crossing Acts: Irish Drama from George Farquhar to Thomas Sheridan 127 Helen M. Burke

9. Parnell and Early Eighteenth-Century Irish Poetry 142 Andrew Carpenter

10. Jonathan Swift and Eighteenth-Century Ireland 161 Clement Hawes

11. Merriman s Cuirt An Mheonoiche and Eighteenth-Century Irish Verse 178 Liam P. O Murchu

12. Frances Sheridan and Ireland 193 Kathleen M. Oliver

13. The Indigent Philosopher : Oliver Goldsmith 210 James Watt

14. Edmund Burke 226 Luke Gibbons

15. The Drama of Richard Brinsley Sheridan 243 Robert W. Jones

Part Four: The Romantic Period 259

16. United Irish Poetry and Songs 261 Mary Helen Thuente

17. Maria Edgeworth and (Inter)national Intelligence 276 Susan Manly

18. Mary Tighe: A Portrait of the Artist for the Twenty-First Century 292 Harriet Kramer Linkin

19. Thomas Moore: After the Battle 310 Jeffery Vail

20. The Role of the Political Woman in the Writings of Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) 326 Susan B. Egenolf

Part Five: The Rise of Gothic 343

21. Charles Robert Maturin: Ireland s Eccentric Genius 345 Robert Miles

22. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Gothic Grotesque and the Huguenot Inheritance 362 Alison Milbank

23. A Philosophical Home Ruler: The Imaginary Geographies of Bram Stoker 377 Lisa Hopkins

Part Six: The Victorian Era 393

24. Scribes and Storytellers: The Ethnographic Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Ireland 395 Stiofan O Cadhla

25. Reconciliation and Emancipation: The Banims and Carleton 411 Helen O Connell

26. Davis, Mangan, Ferguson: Irish Poetry, 1831 1849 427 Matthew Campbell

27. The Great Famine in Literature, 1846 1896 444 Melissa Fegan

28. Dion Boucicault: From Stage Irishman to Staging Nationalism 460 Scott Boltwood

29. Oscar Wilde s Convictions, Speciesism, and the Pain of Individualism 476 Dennis Denisoff


Introduction 1 Julia M. Wright

Part Seven: Transitions: Victorian, Revival, Modern 17

30. Cultural Nationalism and Irish Modernism 19 Michael Mays

31. Defining Irishness: Bernard Shaw and the Irish Connection on the English Stage 35 Christopher Innes

32. The Novels of Somerville and Ross 50 Vera Kreilkamp

33. W.B. Yeats and the Dialectics of Misrecognition 66 Gregory Castle

34. John Millington Synge Playwright and Poet 83 Ann Saddlemyer

35. James Joyce and the Creation of Modern Irish Literature 98 Michael Patrick Gillespie

Part Eight: Developments in Genre and Representation after 1930 113

36. The Word of Politics/Politics of the Word: Immanence and Transdescendence in Sean O Casey and Samuel Beckett 115 Sandra Wynands

37. Elizabeth Bowen: A Home in Writing 129 Eluned Summers-Bremner

38. Changing Times: Frank O Connor and Sean O Faolain 144 Paul Delaney

39. Ireland is small enough : Louis MacNeice and Patrick Kavanagh 159 Alan Gillis

40. Irish Mimes: Flann O Brien 176 Joseph Brooker

Part Nine: Debating Social Change after 1960 193

41. Reading William Trevor and Finding Protestant Ireland 195 Gregory A. Schirmer

42. The Mythopoeic Ireland of Edna O Brien s Fiction 209 Maureen O Connor

43. Anglo-Irish Confl ict in Jennifer Johnston s Fiction 224 Silvia Diez Fabre

44. Living History: The Importance of Julia O Faolain s Fiction 234 Christine St Peter

45. Holding a Mirror Up to a Society in Evolution: John McGahern 248 Eamon Maher

Part Ten: Contemporary Literature: Print, Stage, and Screen 263

46. Brian Friel: From Nationalism to Post-Nationalism 265 F.C. McGrath

47. Telling the Truth Slant: The Poetry of Seamus Heaney 281 Eugene O Brien

48. Belfast Poets: Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, and Medbh McGuckian 296 Richard Rankin Russell

49. Eilean Ni Chuilleanain s Work of Witness 312 Guinn Batten

50. Eavan Boland s Muse Mothers 328 Heather Clark

51. John Banville s Dualistic Universe 345 Elke D hoker

52. Between History and Fantasy: The Irish Films of Neil Jordan 360 Brian McIlroy

53. Keeping That Wound Green : The Poetry of Paul Muldoon 374 David Wheatley

54. Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and the Continuously Contemporary 390 Frank Sewell

55. The Anxiety of Infl uence and the Fiction of Roddy Doyle 410 Danine Farquharson

56. The Reclamation of Injurious Terms in Emma Donoghue s Fiction 425 Jennifer M. Jeffers

57. Martin McDonagh and the Ethics of Irish Storytelling 436 Patrick Lonergan

Index 451

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  • publication date: 12/11/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781405188098
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 1000
  • ID: 9781405188098
  • weight: 2064
  • ISBN10: 140518809X

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