The Living Stream: Literature and Revisionism in Ireland

The Living Stream: Literature and Revisionism in Ireland

by Edna Longley
     
 
An investigation into the links connecting Irish literature (especially contemporary poetry), Irish culture, and Irish politics. Longley shows how recent Northern Irish writing, together with the critical debates it has occasioned, relates to the fixed purposes of both nationalism and unionism. She argues that it's time for Irish literary criticism to adopt the

Overview

An investigation into the links connecting Irish literature (especially contemporary poetry), Irish culture, and Irish politics. Longley shows how recent Northern Irish writing, together with the critical debates it has occasioned, relates to the fixed purposes of both nationalism and unionism. She argues that it's time for Irish literary criticism to adopt the "revisionist" approach that characterizes the writing of Irish history, which would mean paying more attention to religious factors, to literary relations with Britain, and to the cultural diversity that underlies creative diversity. These ideas inform her consideration of such topics as: the historical imaginations of Northern Irish poets; Belfast in literature; Protestant writers after Irish Independence; the Thirties generation of Northern Irish writers; the influence of Louis MacNeice; aesthetic differences between poetry from the North and from the Republic. The book also contains a reflection on the 75th anniversary of the Easter Rising, and Longley's controversial essay From Cathleen to Anorexia: The Breakdown of Irelands.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781852242176
Publisher:
Bloodaxe Books
Publication date:
12/31/1994
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

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