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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Twentieth-Century Irish Literature

ISBN 9780230517189
Publication Date June 2008
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

This Guide surveys existing criticism and theory, making clear the key critical debates, themes and issues surrounding a wide variety of Irish poets, playwrights and novelists. It relates Irish literature to debates surrounding issues such as national identity, modernity and the Revival period, armed struggle, gender, sexuality and post colonialism.

AARON KELLY is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Irish Literature and Criticism in the Revival
Irish Literature and Criticism After Partition
The Development of Irish Studies: Contesting the Revival
Irish Studies Paradigms and Literature After Partition
Gender, Sexuality and Feminism in Irish Literature
Contemporary Literature in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland
Conclusion: Irish Studies Today
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Consistently of a very high standard, lucidly written, and impressively comprehensive in coverage.' - Bernhard Klein, University of Essex, UK
'This critique encapsulates the ever-changing literary horizon of Ireland and condenses the key arguments and viewpoints into a clear, comprehensible framework…It is absolutely ideal for anyone who is interested in the interplay between culture and literature in Ireland.' - Adam Wilbourn, Times Higher Education Textbook Guide
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