New Voices in Irish Criticism

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Providing a snapshot of the current state of Irish studies, this collection testifies that a broad range of Irish cultural activity is now being analyzed by a diversity of scholars. Topics covered include: Politics and Revival, Theorizing the Novel, New Directions in Irish Studies, Women and Fiction, Imagining Northern Ireland, Literary Journalism, and Poetry and Nation. Many of these essays will usefully contribute to ongoing debates beyond the immediate concern of Irish studies in fields such as Marxist theory,...
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Providing a snapshot of the current state of Irish studies, this collection testifies that a broad range of Irish cultural activity is now being analyzed by a diversity of scholars. Topics covered include: Politics and Revival, Theorizing the Novel, New Directions in Irish Studies, Women and Fiction, Imagining Northern Ireland, Literary Journalism, and Poetry and Nation. Many of these essays will usefully contribute to ongoing debates beyond the immediate concern of Irish studies in fields such as Marxist theory, historiography, feminism, postcolonial studies, genre theory, cultural studies, and history of science.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781851825455
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2000
  • Pages: 272

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
'Scenes of Tawdry Tribute': Modernism, Tradition and Connolly 3
The Irish Revival: A Re-appraisal 12
The Year of the Undead: 1898 19
Yeats and Wilde: Nation and Identity, Ground for Influence 27
George Bernard Shaw and the Irish Literary Revival 33
'No Such Genre': Tradition and the Contemporary Irish Novel 45
John Banville and Irish History: The Newton Letter 52
Edna O'Brien's A Pagan Place and the Irish Bildungsroman Tradition 58
The Third Policeman as a Re-Vision of Yeats 64
Satisfaction Guaranteed? Reading Irish Women's Popular Fiction 77
An Intensity of Irishness: George Egerton's Representations of Irish Femininity 83
The Construction of Audience: Lady Morgan's Irish Fiction and Its British Critical Reception 92
Words Bursting, Words Witnessed: Language and Violence in Jennifer Johnston's War Novels 99
'A Stasis of Hatred, Fear and Mistrust': The Politics of Form in Representations of Northern Ireland produced by the 'Troubles' Thriller 109
Sam Hanna Bell, 1798 and the Death of Protestant Radicalism 116
Bateman and Mendoza: From Belfast to Barcelona 122
Science and Irish Identity: The Relevance of Science Studies for Irish Studies 133
Island Women: Comparing Irish and Caribbean Writers 141
The Irish Language and Politics: National Identity or Elite Instrument? 148
Dissidence and Desire in Frank McGuinness' Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme and Carthaginians 155
Who Spoke of '98? An Archaeology of Social Memory 163
Migrancy and Cultural Disappearance 170
Diaspora, Empire, and the Religious Geography of Victorian Social Relations in Wilde's Fairy Tales 183
'A Quaking Sod': Ireland, Empire and Children's Literary Culture 189
Between the Sheets: Material Production and Cultural Politics in the Irish Periodical Press, 1922-58 197
Did the Nuncio Wear Slippers?: Hubert Butler and Protestant Dissent in 50s Ireland 205
Angry Laments and Grieving Postcoloniality 215
Transformations in the Representation of the Nation as Woman 224
Myth, Self and Nation: The Case of James Clarence Mangan and Samuel Ferguson 231
Feminism, Postmodernism and the Subjects of Irish and Women's Studies 243
Irish Cultural Studies? 251
Against Irish Studies: Reading Austin Clarke and His Critics 255
Index 261
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