Inventing Ireland: The Literature of a Modern Nation

Inventing Ireland: The Literature of a Modern Nation

by Declan Kiberd

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Overview

Kiberd - one of Ireland's leading critics and a central figure in the FIELD DAY group with Brian Friel, Seamus Deane and the actor Stephen Rea - argues that the Irish Literary Revival of the 1890-1922 period embodied a spirit and a revolutionary, generous vision of Irishness that is still relevant to post-colonial Ireland. This is the perspective from which he views Irish culture. His history of Irish writing covers Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, O'Casey, Joyce, Beckett, Flann O'Brien, Elizabeth Bowen, Heaney, Friel and younger writers down to Roddy Doyle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409044970
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 05/04/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 866,102
File size: 852 KB

About the Author

Declan Kiberd was born in Dublin in 1951. He took a degree in English and Irish at Trinity College, Dublin, and he holds a doctorate from Oxford University. Among his books are Synge and the Irish Language, Men and Feminism in Modern Literature and Idir Dha Chultur. He writes regularly for Irish newspapers, has prepared literary scripts for the BBC, and is a former director of the Yeats International Summer School. He has lectured on Irish culture in more than twenty countries and has taught at University College, Dublin, for sixteen years. He is married with three children.

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

What People are Saying About This

Inventing Ireland is exactly what its title claims--an act of exuberant creativity. Nimbly, skillfully, and almost with a sense of near-wonderment at his own discoveries, Kiberd explores the continuities between Irish past and Irish present. And by focusing on what he calls 'revered masterpieces,' and by examining them in the wider social context out of which they came, he fashions a nation that is hospitable to all its prickly constituents.

Brian Friel

Inventing Ireland is exactly what its title claims--an act of exuberant creativity. Nimbly, skillfully, and almost with a sense of near-wonderment at his own discoveries, Kiberd explores the continuities between Irish past and Irish present. And by focusing on what he calls 'revered masterpieces,' and by examining them in the wider social context out of which they came, he fashions a nation that is hospitable to all its prickly constituents.

Edward W. Said

Inventing Ireland is that completely unusual thing: a highly readable, joyfully contentious book whose enormous learning and superb understanding of the literary text will introduce readers for the first time to a remarkably lively panorama of Irish culture during the last century. Full of novel readings, theoretical investigations and audacious connections, Declan Kiberd's book lifts Ireland out of ethnic studies and lore and places it in the post-colonial world. In doing so he situates its great cultural traditions where they jostle not only the major texts of English literature, but also those of writers like Salman Rushdie and García Márquez. The result in a dazzling, bravura performance.

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Inventing Ireland is exactly what its title claims--an act of exuberant creativity. Nimbly, skillfully, and almost with a sense of near-wonderment at his own discoveries, Kiberd explores the continuities between Irish past and Irish present. And by focusing on what he calls 'revered masterpieces,' and by examining them in the wider social context out of which they came, he fashions a nation that is hospitable to all its prickly constituents.

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