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“This incisive and moving critique of poetry and tradition pushes the frontiers of Irish studies, limning Irish American culture through its poets—O’Reilly, Ridge, Moore, Stevens, Coffey, Bogan, McGrath, Liddy, Montague, Wall, Grennan, Delanty, Agee, Donaghy, Tobin himself, and many others. Awake in America trumps the many facile takes on Irish America, revealing its cultural poetics of self-exclusion, solidarity politics, linguistic hybridity, and indelible (be)longings. Tobin’s insights will challenge scholars and readers to survey a new country of Irishness, at once inner, ardent, and textual.” Joseph Lennon • Villanova University “Daniel Tobin’s Awake in America: On Irish American Poetry is a comprehensive and excellently written examination of exchanges between Irish and Irish American poets from John Boyle O’Reilly in the 1870s to a galaxy of contemporary literary artists. He emphasizes the doubleness of Irish poetic vision resulting from a replacement of Irish with English, ‘the grafted tongue’ of John Montague’s description. Tobin finds that Irish American poets born and resident in this country, those here from Ireland, and American natives who have found a place and perspective in Ireland also have double vision, Irish and American. As a multiple-prize winning poet, Tobin has added an important and necessary dimension to the cultural history of Irish America.” Lawrence J. McCaffrey • Loyola University of Chicago “These essays usefully identify a tradition of twentieth-century Atlantic Irish writing in both Irish and American literature. Tobin’s commentaries will appeal both to the general reader of poetry and to the academic reader who has an interest in American literature, Irish studies, and the conundra of hyphenate or hybrid subcultures. Tobin has already established the canon of poetry in that literature with The Book of Irish American Poetry. Awake in America promises to be a useful and popular companion to that book.” Thomas Dillon Redshaw • University of St. Thomas Daniel Tobin isprofessorandinterimdeanoftheSchoolofArtsatEmersonCollege. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including The Book of Irish American PoetryfromtheEighteenthCenturytothePresent (Universityof NotreDamePress,2008). University of Notre Dame Press  Notre Dame, IN 46556  undpress.nd.edu Awake in America O N I R I S H A M E R I C A N P O E T R Y Daniel Tobin ...


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  • National characteristics, Irish, in literature.
  • Irish Americans in literature.
  • American poetry -- Irish American authors -- History and criticism.
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