Inventing Ireland / Edition 1

Inventing Ireland / Edition 1

by Declan Kiberd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674463641

ISBN-13: 9780674463646

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Harvard

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674463646
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Convergences: Inventories of the Present Series, #16
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. A New England Called Ireland?

IRELAND—ENGLAND'S UNCONSCIOUS?

Interchapter

2. Oscar Wilde—The Artist as Irishman

3. John Bull's Other Islander—Bernard Shaw

ANGLO-IRELAND: THE WOMAN'S PART

Interchapter

4. Tragedies of Manners—Somerville and Ross

5. Lady Gregory and the Empire Boys

YEATS: LOOKING INTO THE LION'S FACE

Interchapter

6. Childhood and Ireland

7. The National Longing for Form

RETURN TO THE SOURCE?

Interchapter

8. Deanglicization

9. Nationality or Cosmopolitanism?

10. J. M. Synge—Remembering the Future

REVOLUTION AND WAR

Interchapter

11. Uprising

12. The Plebeians Revise the Uprising

13. The Great War and Irish Memory

WORLDS APART?

14. Ireland and the End of Empire

INVENTING IRELANDS

Interchapter

15. Writing Ireland, Reading England

16. Inventing Irelands

17. Revolt Into Style—Yeatsian Poetics

18. The Last Aisling—A Vision

19. James Joyce and Mythic Realism

SEXUAL POLITICS

Interchapter

20. Elizabeth Bowen—The Dandy in Revolt

21. Fathers and Sons

22. Mothers and Daughters

PROTESTANT REVIVALS

Interchapter

23. Protholics and Cathestants

24. Saint Joan—Fabian Feminist, Protestant Mystic

25. The Winding Stair

26. Religious Writing: Beckett and Others

UNDERDEVELOPMENT

Interchapter

27. The Periphery and the Centre

28. Flann O'Brien, Myles, and The Poor Mouth

29. The Empire Writes Back—Brendan Behan

30. Beckett's Texts of Laughter and Forgetting

31. Post-Colonial Ireland—"A Quaking Sod"

RECOVERY AND RENEWAL

Interchapter

32. Under Pressure—The Writer and Society 1960-90

33. Friel Translating

34. Translating Tradition

REINVENTING IRELAND

35. Imagining Irish Studies

Notes

Index

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