The Midnight Court / Cúirt an Mheán Oíche
A Critical Edition
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Syracuse University Press
Title Page, Copyright
helly Barber (John J. Burns Library, Boston College), Beth Bland, Matthew Campbell (University of Sheffi eld), Patrick Griffi n, Christopher Fox, Ita Daly, Hugh Fogarty (UCD), James W. Hamrick, David Horn (John J. Burns Library, Boston College), Ken Kenslow, Dyann Mawhorr...
Cúirt an Mheán Oíche is a late-eighteenth-century Irish-language poem of over one thousand lines composed by Brian Merriman in County Clare, Ireland.1 Considered “one of the greatest...
The Midnight Court
The first part, in which the poet while savouring the pleasures of the great outdoors is forced to pay a visit to court where a pertinent case is at hearing...
Cúirt an Mheán Oíche
What is it about Cúirt an Mheán Oíche/The Midnight Court that summons us to listen to its call? Why does one poem from the west coast of Ireland still exercise the mind and imagination of translators, scholars, social historians...
The Two Enlightenments of Brian Merriman’s County Clare
The intellectual background of Brian Merriman’s Cúirt an Mheán Oíche/The Midnight Court, and the relative weightings of its ostensible cultural and intellectual provenances, are issues which have long exercised Irish literature’s most...
Courting an Elusive Masterwork
Cúirt an Mheán Oíche/The Midnight Court is a hard text to pin down. It courts our attention with its dazzling wordplay and propulsively rhymed couplets but confounds our attempts at settled interpretation. How are we to parse its multidirectional mockery, its slippery, contending mix of parody...
Approaching Cúirt an Mheán Oíche/The Midnight Court
One of the most challenging aspects of a text like Brian Merriman’s ribald eighteenth-century masterpiece Cúirt an Mheán Oíche/The Midnight Court is determining how to read it as twentyfirst-century readers. This issue is particularly pertinent for those who approach the poem...
Timeline of Events in America,Europe, and Ireland: 1770–1807
Partial Publication and Production History
The following list is intended to serve as a guide to the various editions, translations, versions, productions and interpretations of the text. Manuscript versions are not included.1
Page Count: 168
Publication Year: 2011
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