This is a distinctive book that examines the diversity and energy of writing in a period marked by the unparalleled global prominence of Irish culture. This collection provides a wide-ranging survey of fiction, poetry and drama over the last two decades, considering both well-established figures and also emerging writers who have received relatively little critical attention. Contributors explore the central developments within Irish culture and society that have transformed the writing and reading of identity, sexuality, history and gender. The book examines the impact of Mary Robinson's Presidency; growing cultural confidence 'back home'; legislative reform on sexual and moral issues; the uneven effects generated by the resurgence of the Irish economy (the 'Celtic Tiger' myth); Ireland's increasingly prominent role in Europe; and changing reputation. In its breadth and critical currency, this book will be of particular interest to academics and students working in the fields of literature, drama and cultural studies.
Scott Brewster is Director of English at the University of Salford. Michael Parker is Professor of English Literature at the University of Central Lancashire and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Liverpool Institute of Irish Studies.
Acknowledgements Introduction I: Changing History: the Republic and Northern Ireland since 1990 - Michael Parker II: Flying High? Culture, Criticism, Theory since 1990 - Scott Brewster Part One: Drama 1. 'Home Places: Irish Drama since 1990' - Clare Wallace and Ondrej Pilny 2. 'Foregrounding the Body and Performance in Plays by Gina Moxley, Emma Donoghue and Marina Carr - Maria Kurdi 3. 'The Stuff of Tragedy? Representations of Irish Political Leaders in the 'Haughey' Plays of Carr, Barry and Breen - Anthony Roche 4. 'New Articulations of Irishness and Otherness on the Contemporary Irish Stage' - Martine Pelletier Part Two: Poetry 5. 'Scattered and Diverse: Irish Poetry Since 1990' - Jerzy Jarniewicz and John McDonagh 6. Architectural Metaphors: Representations of the House in the Poetry of Eilean Ni Chuilleanain and Vona Groarke' - Lucy Collins 7. 'The places I go back to': Familiarisation and Making Strange in Seamus Heaney's Later Poetry - Joanna Cowper 8. 'Neither Here Nor There': New Generation Northern Irish Poets (Sinead Morrissey and Nick Laird) - Michael Parker Part Three: Fiction 9. 'Tomorrow we will change our names, invent ourselves again': Irish Fiction and Autobiography since 1990 - Liam Harte 10. Anne Enright and Postnationalism in the Contemporary Irish Novel - Heidi Hansson 11. Seamus Deane's Reading in the Dark, John Walsh's The Falling Angels and John McGahern's Memoir - Stephen Regan 12. Secret Gardens: Unearthing the Truth in Patrick O'Keeffe's The Hill Road - Vivian Valvano Lynch 13. 'What's it like being Irish?': The Return of the Repressed in Roddy Doyle's Paula Spencer - Jennifer M. Jeffers 14. Remembering to Forget: Northern Irish Fiction after the Troubles - Neal Alexander Part Four : After Words 15. 'What Do I Say When They Wheel out Their Dead?': The Representation of Violence in Northern Irish Art - Shane Alcobia-Murphy Notes on contributors Index
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