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Pierce, David Light, Freedom and Song - A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing
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Pierce, David

Light, Freedom and Song

A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing

illustrated ed

€ 37.95

In this absorbing analysis of modern Irish writing, an acknowledged expert considers the hybrid character of modern Irish writing to show how language, culture and history have been affected by the colonial encounter between Ireland and Britain. Examining the great themes of loss and struggle, Pierce traces the impact on Irish writing of the Great Famine and cultural nationalism and considers the way the work of Ireland's two leading writers, W. B.Yeats and James Joyce, complicate and elucidate our view of 'the harp and the crown'. Looking in particular at two decades taken from either half of the twentieth century, the book explores changes in the cultural landscape in the light of the colonial legacy. It draws a contrast between the West of Ireland in the 1930s, when the new Irish State under de Valera enjoyed its first full independent decade, and the North of Ireland in the 1980s, when the spectre of British imperialism threatened the stability of Ireland as a whole. Bringing the story to the present, Pierce surveys contemporary Irish writing and reflects on the legacy of the colonial encounter and on the passage to a postmodern or postnationalist Ireland in the work of such crucial living writers as John Banville, Derek Mahon and John McGahern.


Taal / Language : English

Inhoudsopgave:
Acknowledgements ix
Abbreviations xi
The Harp Without the Crown
1(24)
Outline
10(15)
Part One: Defining Contexts
The Hybrid Character of Modern Irish Writing
25(30)
History
25(8)
Language
33(6)
Representation
39(8)
Culture
47(8)
The Great Famine and Modern Irish Culture
55(36)
Spenser`s Elizabethan View
57(3)
Nineteenth-Century Observers
60(7)
The Famine and the Revival
67(4)
O`Flaherty`s Famine (1937)
71(2)
The Famine and the Poets
73(5)
Staging the Famine
78(3)
Concluding Remarks
81(10)
The Impact of Cultural Nationalism
91(36)
What ish My Nation?
91(8)
What is a Nation?
99(2)
Do Nations Have Navels?
101(5)
1890s: Winds of Change
106(3)
English As We Speak It in Ireland
109(6)
From Gael to Gall
115(2)
1920s: Then It Was All Over
117(5)
Concluding Remarks
122(5)
Part Two: Fields of Play
Yeats`s Reveries on the Easter Rising
127(28)
Reveries Over Childhood and Youth
127(6)
`Easter 1916`
133(1)
Troubling the Living Stream
134(3)
Cultural Versus Political Nationalism
137(10)
Gender and Nationalism
147(4)
Concluding Remarks
151(4)
Beyond a Boundary: James Joyce and Cricket
155(22)
A Useful Bat
155(7)
Cricket in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
162(3)
Cricket and the Colonial Encounter
165(5)
Postscript: The Crying Game
170(7)
Part Three: Changing Perspectives
Ireland in the 1930s
177(42)
De Valera`s Ireland
177(16)
The Wild West Show
193(8)
Recovering the Self
201(8)
The War Years and After
209(6)
Concluding Remarks
215(4)
Ireland in the 1980s
219(42)
The Same Renew
219(5)
Bodily Secrets
224(15)
Killallwho
239(13)
Troubles Fiction
252(9)
Conclusion
261(27)
Distant Music or Unfinished Business?
261(19)
John McGahern: A Parting Glass
280(8)
Notes 288(33)
Select Bibliography 321(17)
Index 338
Extra informatie: 
Hardback
320 pagina's
Januari 2005
1311 gram
244 x 198 x 30 mm
Yale University Press us

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