From the Publisher
"Particularly good entries may be found on 'Censorship', 'Suburbs', 'Historians terms', 'Medicine, contributions to', Copyright and piracy in the eighteenth century' and 'Colonisation, theories of', to take just a random selection. The panel of contributors seems very strong and the editor's remarks on them as a body are very interesting. The work is comprehensively indexed (hooray)." Peter J. Guilding, Reference Reviews
"McCormack presents a fascinating snapshot of modern Ireland. With its emphasis on Irish culture beyond Yeats and Heaney, this is an invaluable addition to any reference collection." J.J. Doherty, Northern Arizona University
"The Companion is a bounteous compilation, from which students and casual readers alike will emerge with a far healthier idea of what has constituted Irish culture in the modern era."The Times Higher Education Supplement
"The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture, edited by W. J. McCormack is particularly useful for basic information on interdisciplinary terms, movements, and other topics. A thorough topic index aids access." Choice
"Like most books from this publisher, the Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture is a handsome volume. In its outward appearance, the Companion is an object that book-buying people almost automatically covet". Anglia: Zeitschrift fur Englische Philologie
An Irish kaleidoscope is how literary historian McCormack (Ascendancy and Tradition in Anglo-Irish Literary History from 1789 to 1939, 1985) describes this volume on Anglophone Irish culture since 1450. The alphabetical entries, which range from Abbey Theatre to the balladeer Zozimus, vary in length from a brief paragraph to several pages. The work focuses on the arts but contains entries on other cultural matters such as abortion, divorce, education, and religion. The volume, the editor notes, is intended to entertain as well as inform, so entries contain opinion as well as fact. Since collective headings are often used, the same subject turns up in various citations, making the index essential, especially because there are no cross references. Some headings seem odd, such as Fiction to 1830; no reason is given for this date limitation, and there are no other entries on fiction. In addition, some entries highlighting the current state of their subjects may soon become dated. Nonetheless, this resource provides valuable insights into Irish culture. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.Denise J. Stankovics, Rockville P.L., Vernon, CT
The book shows not just that aspects of human experience everywhere have influenced Ireland but also that Irish people have influenced aspects of life not normally associated with that country...it is indispensibly practical, accessible and a source of limitless eclectic pleasure.
From The Times Literary Supplement.