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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 which ideas 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' also suggests 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 William Trevor, Seamus Heaney, and Mary Lavin, providing a lucid and far-reaching introduction to modern Irish writing.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192892317
ISBN-10: 0192892312
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Pages: 206
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Neil Corcoran

Neil Corcoran is a Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews.

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