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Irish literature after Yeats and Joyce, from the 1920s onwards, includes texts that have been the subject of much contention. For a start, how should Irish literature be defined: as works which have been written in Irish or as works written in English by the Irish? It is a period in which ideas of Ireland—of people, community, and nation—have been both created and reflected, and in which conceptions of a distinct Irish identity have been articulated, defended, and challenged; a period which has its origins in a time of intense political turmoil. Corcoran focuses his chapters on various themes such as "the Big House," and the rural and the provincial and offers discussions of authors ranging from Kinsella and Beckett to William Trevor, Seamus Heaney, and Mary Lavin, to provide a lucid and far-reaching introduction to modern Irish writing.
|2||A Slight Inflection: Representations of the Big House||32|
|3||Lyrical Fields and Featherbeds: Representations of the Rural and the Provincial||57|
|4||Views of Dublin||100|
|5||Ulsters of the Mind: The Writing of Northern Ireland||131|