A Companion to Irish Literature / Edition 1

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Featuring new essays by international literary scholars, the two-volume Companion to Irish Literature encompasses the full breadth of Ireland's literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the present day.

  •  Covers an unprecedented historical range of Irish literature
  • Arranged in two volumes covering Irish literature from the medieval period to 1900, and its development through the twentieth century to the present day
  • Presents a re-visioning of twentieth-century Irish literature and a collection of the most up-to-date scholarship in the field as a whole
  • Includes a substantial number of women writers from the eighteenth century to the present day
  • Includes essays on leading contemporary authors, including Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Roddy Doyle, and Emma Donoghue
  • Introduces readers to the wide range of current approaches to studying Irish literature
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“Feminist Literary Theory is an indispensable guide,companion and handbook for students and teachers of women’sliterature. No other anthology offers so many bite-sized tasters ofwork on gendered authorship, literary production, criticalreception, sexuality and genre – from romantic fiction totravel writing. Mary Eagleton’s clear and informativeintroductions contextualize the debates represented by eachextract, suggest connections between them and point to furtherreading. This Third Edition maintains and develops theirreplaceable breadth of the previous editions with several newpieces on such areas as autobiography, science fiction and bordertalk. The extra section, ‘Writing Glocal’, investigatesdynamically evolving dialogues between feminism andpostcolonialism, diaspora narratives and transculturalism. Whetheryou read from start to finish or choose to sample selectively, thisrich collection will expand your knowledge and understanding offeminist thought, both as an historical discipline and as anexcitingly relevant and progressive set of ideas.”
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“Feminist Literary Theory is an indispensable guide, companion and handbook for students and teachers of women’s literature. No other anthology offers so many bite-sized tasters of work on gendered authorship, literary production, critical reception, sexuality and genre – from romantic fiction to travel writing. Mary Eagleton’s clear and informative introductions contextualize the debates represented by each extract, suggest connections between them and point to further reading. This Third Edition maintains and develops the irreplaceable breadth of the previous editions with several new pieces on such areas as autobiography, science fiction and border talk. The extra section, ‘Writing Glocal’, investigates dynamically evolving dialogues between feminism and postcolonialism, diaspora narratives and transculturalism. Whether you read from start to finish or choose to sample selectively, this rich collection will expand your knowledge and understanding of feminist thought, both as an historical discipline and as an excitingly relevant and progressive set of ideas.”
Jane Dowson, De Montfort University.

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Julia M. Wright is Canada Research Chair inEuropean Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada. She is the authorof Blake, Nationalism, andthe Politics of Alienation (2004) and Ireland, India and Nationalismin Nineteenth-Century Literature (2007), and the editor of Irish Literature,1750–1900: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell,2008).

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments xi

Notes on Contributors xiii

Introduction 1
Julia M. Wright

Part One: The Middle Ages 15

1. Táin Bó Cúailnge 17
Ann Dooley

2. Finn and the Fenian Tradition 27
Joseph Falaky Nagy

3. The Reception and Assimilation of Continental Literature39
Barbara Lisa Hillers

Part Two: The Early Modern Era 57

4. Bardic Poetry, Masculinity, and the Politics of MaleHomosociality 59
Sarah E. McKibben

5. Annalists and Historians in Early Modern Ireland,1450–1700 76
Bernadette Cunningham

6. “Hungry Eyes” and the Rhetoric of Dispossession:English Writing from Early Modern Ireland 92
Patricia Palmer

7. Kinds of Irishness: Henry Burnell and Richard Head 108
Deana Rankin

Part Three: The Eighteenth Century 125

8. Crossing Acts: Irish Drama from George Farquhar to ThomasSheridan 127
Helen M. Burke

9. Parnell and Early Eighteenth-Century Irish Poetry 142
Andrew Carpenter

10. Jonathan Swift and Eighteenth-Century Ireland 161
Clement Hawes

11. Merriman’s Cúirt An Mheonoíche andEighteenth-Century Irish Verse 178
Liam P. Ó Murchú

12. Frances Sheridan and Ireland 193
Kathleen M. Oliver

13. “The Indigent Philosopher”: Oliver Goldsmith210
James Watt

14. Edmund Burke 226
Luke Gibbons

15. The Drama of Richard Brinsley Sheridan 243
Robert W. Jones

Part Four: The Romantic Period 259

16. United Irish Poetry and Songs 261
Mary Helen Thuente

17. Maria Edgeworth and (Inter)national Intelligence 276
Susan Manly

18. Mary Tighe: A Portrait of the Artist for the Twenty-FirstCentury 292
Harriet Kramer Linkin

19. Thomas Moore: After the Battle 310
Jeffery Vail

20. The Role of the Political Woman in the Writings of LadyMorgan (Sydney Owenson) 326
Susan B. Egenolf

Part Five: The Rise of Gothic 343

21. Charles Robert Maturin: Ireland’s Eccentric Genius345
Robert Miles

22. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Gothic Grotesque and the HuguenotInheritance 362
Alison Milbank

23. A Philosophical Home Ruler: The Imaginary Geographies ofBram Stoker 377
Lisa Hopkins

Part Six: The Victorian Era 393

24. Scribes and Storytellers: The Ethnographic Imagination inNineteenth-Century Ireland 395
Stiofán Ó Cadhla

25. Reconciliation and Emancipation: The Banims and Carleton411
Helen O’Connell

26. Davis, Mangan, Ferguson: Irish Poetry, 1831–1849427
Matthew Campbell

27. The Great Famine in Literature, 1846–1896 444
Melissa Fegan

28. Dion Boucicault: From Stage Irishman to Staging Nationalism460
Scott Boltwood

29. Oscar Wilde’s Convictions, Speciesism, and the Pain ofIndividualism 476
Dennis Denisoff


Introduction 1
Julia M. Wright

Part Seven: Transitions: Victorian, Revival, Modern17

30. Cultural Nationalism and Irish Modernism 19
Michael Mays

31. Defining Irishness: Bernard Shaw and the Irish Connection onthe English Stage 35
Christopher Innes

32. The Novels of Somerville and Ross 50
Vera Kreilkamp

33. W.B. Yeats and the Dialectics of Misrecognition 66
Gregory Castle

34. John Millington Synge – Playwright and Poet 83
Ann Saddlemyer

35. James Joyce and the Creation of Modern Irish Literature98
Michael Patrick Gillespie

Part Eight: Developments in Genre and Representation after1930 113

36. The Word of Politics/Politics of the Word: Immanence andTransdescendence in Sean O’Casey and Samuel Beckett 115
Sandra Wynands

37. Elizabeth Bowen: A Home in Writing 129
Eluned Summers-Bremner

38. Changing Times: Frank O’Connor and SeánO’Faoláin 144
Paul Delaney

39. “Ireland is small enough”: Louis MacNeice andPatrick Kavanagh 159
Alan Gillis

40. Irish Mimes: Flann O’Brien 176
Joseph Brooker

Part Nine: Debating Social Change after 1960 193

41. Reading William Trevor and Finding Protestant Ireland195
Gregory A. Schirmer

42. The Mythopoeic Ireland of Edna O’Brien’s Fiction209
Maureen O’Connor

43. Anglo-Irish Confl ict in Jennifer Johnston’s Fiction224
Silvia Diez Fabre

44. Living History: The Importance of JuliaO’Faolain’s Fiction 234
Christine St Peter

45. Holding a Mirror Up to a Society in Evolution: John McGahern248
Eamon Maher

Part Ten: Contemporary Literature: Print, Stage, and Screen263

46. Brian Friel: From Nationalism to Post-Nationalism 265
F.C. McGrath

47. Telling the Truth Slant: The Poetry of Seamus Heaney281
Eugene O’Brien

48. Belfast Poets: Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, and MedbhMcGuckian 296
Richard Rankin Russell

49. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Work ofWitness 312
Guinn Batten

50. Eavan Boland’s Muse Mothers 328
Heather Clark

51. John Banville’s Dualistic Universe 345
Elke D’hoker

52. Between History and Fantasy: The Irish Films of Neil Jordan360
Brian McIlroy

53. “Keeping That Wound Green”: The Poetry of PaulMuldoon 374
David Wheatley

54. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and the “ContinuouslyContemporary” 390
Frank Sewell

55. The Anxiety of Infl uence and the Fiction of Roddy Doyle410
Danine Farquharson

56. The Reclamation of “Injurious Terms” in EmmaDonoghue’s Fiction 425
Jennifer M. Jeffers

57. Martin McDonagh and the Ethics of Irish Storytelling436
Patrick Lonergan

Index 451

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