Modern Irish Literature: A Chronology

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The first book-length chronology of its kind, Modern Irish Literature and Culture: A Chronology identifies, explains, and interrelates events in Irish literature and culture since 1600. Arranged by topical categories, the work connects developments in drama, fiction, poetry, and prose nonfiction to related historical and political events and parallel advances in architecture, art, film, and music. More than a mere listing of facts, this very readable narrative offers original insights based on the best ...
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The first book-length chronology of its kind, Modern Irish Literature and Culture: A Chronology identifies, explains, and interrelates events in Irish literature and culture since 1600. Arranged by topical categories, the work connects developments in drama, fiction, poetry, and prose nonfiction to related historical and political events and parallel advances in architecture, art, film, and music. More than a mere listing of facts, this very readable narrative offers original insights based on the best interdisciplinary scholarship. Complete with informative introduction, detailed map of the country, biographical sketches of recurrent figures, bibliography, and comprehensive index, Modern Irish Literature and Culture: A Chronology is destined to become an essential resource for beginning students and established scholars alike.
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This scholarly work is a unique guide to significant literary events in Ireland from 1601 to 1992. The book utilizes a chronological structure to present developments in Irish drama, fiction, poetry, and prose nonfiction. Irish literature is defined here more broadly than "Anglo-Irish," and works written in Irish Gaelic are covered, as well as those written in English. Cahalan, author of several books on Irish literature, believes that history is not merely "background," but an "arena in which writers participate and make their mark." Thus, the work is interdisciplinary and interrelates political and historical events with literary and cultural endeavors While the chronology begins with the seventeenth century--when the Irish first aspired to a national identity--the emphasis is on the period from 1800 to the present. Only the most significant events are covered for the earlier centuries, while every year since 1858 has its own entry. For each year, an opening paragraph summarizes political, economic, and historical events in order to place the literary endeavors in context; these are grouped together and listed under such headings as "Drama," "Fiction," and "Poetry." Developments in Irish culture are highlighted in such categories as "Architecture," "Art," "Cultural Institutions," "Education," and "Irish Language." An important feature of the chronology is its inclusion of important events in the development of Irish journals and newspapers; the author believes they constitute a major interdisciplinary cultural arena and claims that this work presents the "most comprehensive chronology of Irish periodicals available. The reader will find such names as Samuel Beckett, Austin Clarke, and Charles Lever, as well as such lesser-known personalities as Mairtin o Cadhain and Padraic Pearse. The entries for each year include the authors and titles of important works but offer more than a dated list of bibliographic citations or events. Brief narratives frequently discuss a work's theme, its critical reception, or its political significance. A typical annual entry, such as that for 1960, includes information about the advent of Irish television, the first annual gathering of the Yeats Summer School, the novels of Edna O'Brien and Benedict Kiely, the short stories of Aidan Higgins, and the career of "Kilkenny Magazine". Other features of the book include a section of 37 brief biographical sketches for major personalities that appear frequently in the chronology, a bibliography of secondary works used in the preparation of the text, and a comprehensive index "Modern Irish Literature and Culture" will complement such reference works as "Dictionary of Irish Literature", by Robert Hogan (1980), "A Biographical Dictionary of Irish Writers" ["RBB" Ap 15 86], and "Dictionary of Irish Biography" ["RBB" Je 1 89]. It is recommended for literature collections in academic and large public libraries, as well as those emphasizing Irish and British history.
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It doesn't sound promising, but it works surprisingly well and offers considerable insight--a book-length chronology that identifies, explains, and interrelates events in Irish literature and culture since 1600. Arranged by topical categories, the work connects developments in drama, fiction, poetry, and prose nonfiction to related historical and political events and parallel advances in architecture, art, film, and music. Includes a detailed map of the country, biographical sketches of recurrent figures, and a secondary bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816172641
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Series: G. K. Hall Reference Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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