Printing, Literacy, and Education in 18th Century Ireland: Why the Irish Speak English (Irish Studies No. 15)

Printing, Literacy, and Education in 18th Century Ireland: Why the Irish Speak English (Irish Studies No. 15)

By: Peter Fallon (author)Hardback

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Description

This book details the history of the spread of printing and literacy in eighteenth century Ireland. In addition to being a historical survey, it is also a study, in the "media ecological" vein, that explores what happens when a new technology is introduced to a given culture. This work answers three key questions: first, why did print technology take so long (300 years after Gutenberg) to become a cultural influence in Ireland; second, why was there an "explosion" of printing and presses in Ireland between 1750 and 1800; and finally, why, when a printing industry had been established, was almost the entire output of printed literature in English rather than the Irish language?

About Author

Professor Peter K. Fallon received his Ph.D. at New York University and is a member of the faculty at Roosevelt University.

Contents

Preface by Dr. Karen B. Brown; Introduction; 1. Context of the Study; 2. The Meaning of Irish Orality; 3. Gaelic-Ireland Before the Eighteenth Century; 4. Printing in Ireland Before 1750; 5. Printing in Ireland from 1750 to 1800; 6. Education in Ireland Before 1750; 7. Education in Ireland: 1750-1800; 8. Discussion/Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773460331
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780773460331
  • ISBN10: 0773460330

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