The Current Debate About the Irish Literary Canon: Essays Reassesing the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing

The Current Debate About the Irish Literary Canon: Essays Reassesing the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing

By: Helen Thompson (author)Hardback

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This book is a response to the controversy surrounding the publication "The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing in 1991". The essays in the collection examine concerns, such as the canonical status of writers, such as Joyce, Yeats and Beckett; how postcolonial theory and criticism have reshaped the boundaries of Irish Studies; and how women's writing has challenged canonicity as a concept.


Preface by Eugene O'Brien; Acknowledgements, Introduction; Field Day, Canonicity and the Politics of Reading; 1. Morning Yet on Field Day? Ireland, Field Day and Postcolonialism - Eoin Flannery; 2. Political Fantasies: Irish Writing and the Problems of Reading Strategies - Neil Murphy; 3. Literally Loose Cannon or Loosening the Literary Canon - Rebecca Pelan; Re-Reading the Canon; 4. Recharging the Canon: Towards a Literary Redefinition of Irishness - Eugene O'Brien; 5. 'An Imagined Music': Yeats, Music and the Irish Tradition - Adrian Paterson; 6. Thomas Mac Donagh as Literary Theorist: Song-Verse and Speech-Verse - Michael Booth; 7. 'If I go on long enough calling that my life I'll end up believing it': Samuel Beckett and Contemporary Irish Memoir - Christopher Malone; New Canonical Readings; 8. The Field Day Anthology and the Impossibility of Roger Casement - James Moran; 9. Integrating Women's Writing into the Canon: Women Poets of Young Ireland - Katherine Parr; 10. Any Irish in You? The Crises of Irishness in Contemporary Irish Drama - Frank Manista; 11. Between the Canons: John Banville's Reception in National and International Contexts - Ingo Berensmeyer; 12. The Geography of the Body: Borders in Edna O'Brien's Down by the River and Colum McCann's "Sisters" - Miriam Mara; Appendices, Bibliography, Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773459717
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 345
  • ID: 9780773459717
  • ISBN10: 0773459715

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