The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture

The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture

by W. J. McCormack, Gillan
     
 

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For the revised paperback edition of Companion many entries have been updated and an appendix has been added. The Companion, which covers a period from c.1450 to the p;resent, continues to serve the needs of readers whose interests lie well beyond the familiar boundaries of Irish culture. At the same time it provides fresh critical insight into those

Overview

For the revised paperback edition of Companion many entries have been updated and an appendix has been added. The Companion, which covers a period from c.1450 to the p;resent, continues to serve the needs of readers whose interests lie well beyond the familiar boundaries of Irish culture. At the same time it provides fresh critical insight into those traditionally more prominent subjects such as literature and political history. Extensive and original coverage is given to architecture, music, painting, and other arts, with stress upon their broader European contexts.

While the Companion is packed with names, dates, and facts, its main focus is on providing new perspectives on Irish culture, with an emphasis upon history and context. Key among these innovations is the treatment of a number of important Irish men and women. THe whole is served by a comprehensive index.

Editorial Reviews

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

Library Journal
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
C.L. Dallat
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631228172
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

W. J. McCormack is Professor of English at Goldsmith's University. His numerous pubications in Irish Literature, history and culture include the classic Ascendancy and Tradition (1985), reprinted in a revised and enlarged edition as From Burke to Beckett: Ascendancy, Tradition and Betrayal in Literary History (1994).

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