Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Despite heroic visions of the author working alone in a musty garret or the distilled silence of a library, all books are the products of a communal labor. My keen awareness of how many acts of generosity, faith, hospitality, and labor of all sorts have gone into the making of...
Introduction. Rerouting Irish Modernism: Postcolonial Aesthetics and the Imperative of Cosmopolitanism
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As we consider the complex energies animating Irish literature in the wake of empire, some initial insight into the challenges faced by the generation of Irish writers emerging in the 1920s and 1930s and the unique value of the body of literature they produced may be gleaned...
1. Modernity’s Edge: Speaking Silence on the Blaskets
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Just off one of the more remote stretches of Ireland’s southwestern coast and within close view of the Dingle peninsula lie the Blasket Islands. A diminutive archipelago extending south and west from Slea Head, near the tip of the peninsula, the Blaskets loom tantalizingly...
2. Sean O’Faoláin and the End of Republican Realism
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With good reason, a wide array of scholars tend to view Sean O’Faoláin as the overarching figure of the first generation of Irish writers coming to maturity in the wake of the Irish Civil War and the establishment of the Irish Free State. Whether as editor of the...
3. Unnaming the Subject: Samuel Beckett and Postcolonial Absence
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Until relatively recently, many scholars have been reluctant to consider Samuel Beckett’s Irishness as much more than a curious biographical footnote. Though critics as varied as Vivian Mercier, Seamus Deane, Hugh Kenner, Declan Kiberd, and David Lloyd—to name a notable...
4. Postmodern Blaguardry: Frank McCourt, the Celtic Tiger, and the Ashes of History
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In a country so devoted to preserving—and marketing—its literary heritage, it was a rather curious sign of the times that one of the most notable additions to the Irish literary tourist circuit in the late 1990s was a tour of a past that had quite literally been razed. To the chagrin...
Conclusion. Dispatches from the Modernist Frontier: “European and Asiatic papers please copy”
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The extent to which the Celtic Tiger fantasy of a sleek decollateralized global cosmopolitanism has proven the real chimera has, of course, been tragically confirmed by the spectacular collapse of the Irish economy. The boarded-up shop fronts and jagged rebar of thousands...
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Publication Year: 2012