Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State: 1922-1939

Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State: 1922-1939

by Philip O'Leary
     
 

Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State, 1922–1939 is a continuation of Philip O’Leary’s previous path-breaking book on the prose literature of the Gaelic Revival. The period following the War of Independence and Civil War saw an outpouring of book-length works in Irish from the state publishing agency An Gúm. The frequency and

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Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State, 1922–1939 is a continuation of Philip O’Leary’s previous path-breaking book on the prose literature of the Gaelic Revival. The period following the War of Independence and Civil War saw an outpouring of book-length works in Irish from the state publishing agency An Gúm. The frequency and production of new plays, both original and translated, have never been approached since. O’Leary has investigated all of these works, as well as journalism and manuscript material, and discusses them in a lively and often humorous manner. Several writers known for their work in English, such as Liam O’Flaherty, Sean O’Faolain, and Frank O’Connor, who were either writing on occasion in Irish or engaging in debates within the Gaelic movement, emerge as important figures.

With the publication of Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State, 1922–1939, we have at last an authoritative and balanced account of this major but neglected aspect of the Irish cultural renaissance. This will be an essential reference book for anyone interested in Irish literature in the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271025230
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Pages:
753
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Abbreviationsxi
Introduction: A World Turned Rightside Up?1
1Maimed from the Start: Debates within the Gaelic Literary Movement in the New State23
2The Real and Better Ireland: Rural Life in Gaelic Prose90
3Bringing Mohammed to the Mountain: New Directions in Gaelic Prose165
4'Wellspring of Nationality': The Gaelic Writer and the Irish Past245
5'Rebuilding Tara in Our Mental World': The Gaelic Author and the Heroic Tradition344
6Flawed, Failed, Forgotten? The Question of Translation376
7'The Trail of the Serpent': The Gaelic Movement and Irish Literature in English407
8At the Cow's Rump or in the National Theatre? Issues in Gaelic Drama458
9Taking Stock, Taking Chances504
Notes522
Selected Bibliography680
Biographies of Major Figures711
Index725

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