After Yeats and Joyce: Reading Modern Irish Literature by Neil Corcoran

After Yeats and Joyce: Reading Modern Irish Literature

byNeil Corcoran

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Irish literature after Yeats and Joyce, from the 1920s onwards, includes texts which have been the subject of much contention. For a start how should Irish literature be defined: as works which have been written in Irish or as works written in Englsih by the Irish? It is a period in whichideas of Ireland--of people, community, and nation--have been both created and reflected, and in which conceptions of a distinct Irish identity have been articulated, defended, and challenged; a period which has its origins in a time of intense political turmoil. `after Yeats and Joyce' alsosuggests the immense influence of these two writers on the style, stances, and preoccupations of twentieth-century Irish literature. Neil Corcoran focuses his chapter on various themes such as `the Big House', the rural and provincial, with reference to authors from Kinsella and Beckett to WilliamTrevor, Seamus Heaney, and Mary Lavin, providing a lucid and far-reaching introduction to modern Irish writing.

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Neil Corcoran is a Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews.
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Title:After Yeats and Joyce: Reading Modern Irish LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Translations2. A Slight Inflection: Representations of the Big House3. Lyrical Fields and Featherbeds: Representations of the Rural and the Provincial4. Views of Dublin5. Ulsters of the Mind: The Writing of Northern IrelandFurther ReadingIndex

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From the 1920s onwards, Irish literature has been the subject of much contention. It is a period in which ideas of Ireland--people, community, and nation--and a distinct Irish identity have been challenged. Focusing after the works of Yeats and Joyce, the author explores the exact definition of Irish literature and offers a far-reaching introduction to modern Irish writing.