Description - Irish Classics by Declan Kiberd
I have tried to pay homage in what follows to two languages, which have often been considered inimical in their histories and workings: and I have suggested that their fortunes were utterly connected over more than five centuries, for all the antagonism between them. From the author's Introduction Inventing Ireland, Kiberd's most recent book, won the Irish Times Literature Prize and was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a hugely important study of twentieth-century Irish literature. In his ambitious survey of the enduring Irish classics - works that stay fresh and challenge every generation - the author offers his readers something entirely vibrant: a brilliant and accessible discussion of the greatest work since 1600 in the two languages, Irish and English, that have shaped one of the world's most original literary cultures. Few critics have the linguistic ability to undertake such an overview, but Kiberd is a respected Gaelic scholar and he provides vivid and idiomatic translations that bring the Irish texts alive for the English speaking reader. He discusses the bitter poetry of Seathr n C itinn and D bh Bruadair and the prose of Jonathan Swift and Edmund Burke; links the modern achievements of R ord in and Cadhain with Yeats, Joyce and the other familiar figures of Irish modernism, and shows how all of them draw on early Irish themes. Irish Classics is a provocative, jargon-free and indispensable book.
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(233mm x 156mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Declan Kiberd
Declan Kiberd is Professor of Anglo-Irish literature at University College Dublin.