Irish Identities and the Great War in Drama and Fiction by Martin DeckerIrish Identities and the Great War in Drama and Fiction by Martin Decker

Irish Identities and the Great War in Drama and Fiction

byMartin Decker

Hardcover | October 26, 2016

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The era of the First World War represents one of the most turbulent and divisive periods in twentieth-century Irish history. The war is closely connected to the violent path to Irish independence from Britain and, for more than a century, it has brought the complexity of the issue of Irish identity into sharp focus. This study shows how the disparate literary responses of Irish authors to the war and its problematic legacy offer intriguing insights into different concepts of Irish identity, specifically those long buried within Irish national and historical consciousness. The late re-discovery of these identities in Irish writing reveals a modern nation trying to come to terms with its polarised past, seeking a more integrative sense of national self for the twenty-first century.

Martin Decker teaches English and Irish literature and culture at the University of Regensburg. His research interests include Irish drama, the intersections of history and literature, and contemporary fiction.
Title:Irish Identities and the Great War in Drama and FictionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 26, 2016Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3631666896

ISBN - 13:9783631666890


Table of Contents

Identity – History – Writing the Great War – Socialist Perspectives: Shaw and O’Casey – Anglo-Irish Perspectives: Robinson, Dowling, Hinkson, Barrington, Johnston – Revisionist Perspectives: McGuinness, Reid, McCartney, Phelan, Barry, Bolger