Inventing Ireland / Edition 1by Declan Kiberd
Pub. Date: 04/28/1997
Just as Ireland has produced many brilliant writers in the past century, so these writers have produced a new Ireland. In a book unprecedented in its scope and approach, Declan Kiberd offers a vivid account of the personalities and texts, English and Irish alike, that reinvented the country after centuries of colonialism. The result is a major literary history of… See more details below
Just as Ireland has produced many brilliant writers in the past century, so these writers have produced a new Ireland. In a book unprecedented in its scope and approach, Declan Kiberd offers a vivid account of the personalities and texts, English and Irish alike, that reinvented the country after centuries of colonialism. The result is a major literary history of modern Ireland, combining detailed and daring interpretations of literary masterpieces with assessments of the wider role of language, sport, clothing, politics, and philosophy in the Irish revival.
In dazzling comparisons with the experience of other postcolonial peoples, the author makes many overdue connections. Rejecting the notion that artists such as Wilde, Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett became modern to the extent that they made themselves "European," he contends that the Irish experience was a dramatic instance of experimental modernity and shows how the country's artists blazed a trail that led directly to the magic realism of a García Márquez or a Rushdie. Along the way, he reveals the vital importance of Protestant values and the immense contributions of women to the enterprise. Kiberd's analysis of the culture is interwoven with sketches of the political background, bringing the course of modern Irish literature into sharp relief against a tragic history of conflict, stagnation, and change.
Inventing Ireland restores to the Irish past a sense of openness that it once had and that has since been obscured by narrow-gauge nationalists and their polemical revisionist critics. In closing, Kiberd outlines an agenda for Irish Studies in the next century and detects the signs of a second renaissance in the work of a new generation of authors and playwrights, from Brian Friel to the younger Dublin writers.
Table of Contents
1. A New England Called Ireland?
2. Oscar WildeThe Artist as Irishman
3. John Bull's Other IslanderBernard Shaw
ANGLO-IRELAND: THE WOMAN'S PART
4. Tragedies of MannersSomerville and Ross
5. Lady Gregory and the Empire Boys
YEATS: LOOKING INTO THE LION'S FACE
6. Childhood and Ireland
7. The National Longing for Form
RETURN TO THE SOURCE?
9. Nationality or Cosmopolitanism?
10. J. M. SyngeRemembering the Future
REVOLUTION AND WAR
12. The Plebeians Revise the Uprising
13. The Great War and Irish Memory
14. Ireland and the End of Empire
15. Writing Ireland, Reading England
16. Inventing Irelands
17. Revolt Into StyleYeatsian Poetics
18. The Last AislingA Vision
19. James Joyce and Mythic Realism
20. Elizabeth BowenThe Dandy in Revolt
21. Fathers and Sons
22. Mothers and Daughters
23. Protholics and Cathestants
24. Saint JoanFabian Feminist, Protestant Mystic
25. The Winding Stair
26. Religious Writing: Beckett and Others
27. The Periphery and the Centre
28. Flann O'Brien, Myles, and The Poor Mouth
29. The Empire Writes BackBrendan Behan
30. Beckett's Texts of Laughter and Forgetting
31. Post-Colonial Ireland"A Quaking Sod"
RECOVERY AND RENEWAL
32. Under PressureThe Writer and Society 1960-90
33. Friel Translating
34. Translating Tradition
35. Imagining Irish Studies
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