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As the first comprehensive study of Irish American poetry ever published, Awake in America seeks to establish a conversation between Irish and Irish American literature that challenges many of the long-accepted boundaries between the two. In this distinctive book, Daniel Tobin presents a series of essays that combine poetry and literary criticism to form what he calls the poet’s essay. The first section of Awake in America reconsiders the dual tradition of Irish poetry through discussions of nineteenth- and twentieth-century poets as well as contemporary writers. The second section features a series of shorter chapters on poets in America. The third section explores the theme of “Crossings” and includes a consideration of Irish American and African American literature. The fourth, and final, section is comprised of a compositional memoir in which Tobin explores the role of hidden history in his own long poem, The Narrows. Awake in America offers an innovative reading of literary tradition in light of the routes by which tradition evolves as well as the roots from which tradition originates. It will be welcomed by poetry aficionados and by all scholars and readers of Irish and Irish American literature.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Double Life
  2. p. xv
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  1. Part 1 Double Lives
  2. p. xvii
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  1. 1. Dinner at the Café Marliave
  2. pp. 1-56
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  1. Near Hag’s Head
  2. p. 57
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  1. Part 2 Readings
  2. p. 59
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  1. 2. Modernism, Leftism, and the Spirit: The Poetry of Lola Ridge
  2. pp. 61-86
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  1. 3. The Westwardness of Everything: Irishness in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens
  2. pp. 87-112
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  1. 4. Lines of Leaving, Lines of Returning: John Montague’s Double Vision
  2. pp. 113-135
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  1. 5. Starting from Wexford, Ending in the Sublime: The Poetry of James Liddy
  2. pp. 136-157
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  1. 6. Two for the Road: The New Irish Routes of Eamonn Wall and Greg Delanty
  2. pp. 158-195
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  1. 7. The Parish and Lost America: The Witness of Michael Coady’s All Souls
  2. pp. 196-216
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  1. 8. Back Through Distance: Currents of Tradition in the Poetry of Louise Bogan and Thomas McGrath
  2. pp. 217-244
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  1. Crossings
  2. p. 245
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  1. Part 3 Crossings
  2. p. 247
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  1. 9. The Need for Routes: Genealogy in Irish American Poetry
  2. pp. 249-278
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  1. 10. From Crispus Attucks to Mr. Bones: Race in Irish American Poetry
  2. pp. 279-321
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  1. 11. Over There: Irish American Poets Return
  2. pp. 322-361
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  1. A Green Road in Clare
  2. pp. 363-364
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  1. Part 4 The Wake of Everything Gone
  2. p. 365
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  1. 12. Soundings and Erasures: An Irish American Poet Digs Up His Past
  2. pp. 367-400
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  1. The Line
  2. pp. 401-402
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 403-432
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 433-443
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 445-464
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268093754
Related ISBN
9780268042370
MARC Record
OCLC
794700745
Pages
424
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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