Inventing Ireland

ISBN-10: 0674463641

ISBN-13: 9780674463646

Edition: 1995

Authors: Declan Kiberd

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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 Garciacute;a Maacute;rquez 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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Book details

List price: $47.50
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

A New England Called Ireland?
Ireland--England's Unconscious? Interchapter
Oscar Wilde--The Artist as Irishman
John Bull's Other Islander
Anglo-Ireland: The Woman's Part Interchapter
Tragedies of Manners
Lady Gregory and the Empire Boys
Yeats: Looking Into The Lion's Face Interchapter
Childhood and Ireland
The National Longing for Form
Return To The Source? Interchapter
Nationality or Cosmopolitanism?
Remembering the Future
Revolution And War Interchapter
The Plebeians Revise the Uprising
The Great War and Irish Memory
Worlds Apart?
Ireland and the End of Empire
Inventing irelands interchapter
Writing Ireland, Reading England
Inventing Irelands
Revolt Into Style
The Last Aisling--A Vision
James Joyce and Mythic Realism
Sexual Politics Interchapter
Elizabeth Bowen--The Dandy in Revolt
Fathers and Sons
Mothers and Daughters
Protestant Revivals Interchapter
Protholics and Cathestants
Fabian Feminist, Protestant Mystic
The Winding Stair
Religious Writing: Beckett and Others
Underdevelopment Interchapter
The Periphery and the Centre
Flann O'Brien, Myles, and The Poor Mouth
The Empire Writes Back
Beckett's Texts of Laughter and Forgetting
Post-Colonial Ireland--"A Quaking Sod"
Recovery and Renewal Interchapter
Under Pressure--The Writer and Society 1960-90
Friel Translating
Translating Tradition
Reinventing Ireland
Imagining Irish Studies Notes
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