Inventing Ireland

Declan Kiberd

Just as Ireland has produced many brilliant writers in the past century, so these writers have produced a new Ireland. In a book unprecedented in its scope and approach, Declan Kiberd offers a vivid account of the personalities and texts, English and Irish alike, that reinvented the country after centuries of colonialism. The result is a major literary history of modern Ireland, combining detailed and daring interpretations of literary masterpieces with assessments of the wider role of language, sport, clothing, politics, and philosophy in the Irish revival. In dazzling comparisons with the experience of other postcolonial peoples, the author makes many overdue connections. Rejecting the notion that artists such as Wilde, Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett became modern to the extent that they made themselves "European," he contends that the Irish experience was a dramatic instance of experimental modernity and shows how the country's artists blazed a trail that led directly to the magic realism of a Garcia Marquez or a Rushdie. Along the way, he reveals the vital importance of Protestant values and the immense contributions of women to the enterprise. Kiberd's analysis of the culture is interwoven with sketches of the political background, bringing the course of modern Irish literature into sharp relief against a tragic history of conflict, stagnation, and change. "Inventing Ireland" restores to the Irish past a sense of openness that it once had and that has since been obscured by narrow-gauge nationalists and their polemical revisionist critics. In closing, Kiberd outlines an agenda for Irish Studies in the next century and detects the signs of a second renaissance in the work of a new generation of authors and playwrights, from Brian Friel to the younger Dublin writers.

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  • Acknowledgements Introduction 1. A New England Called Ireland? IRELAND--ENGLAND'S UNCONSCIOUS? Interchapter 2. Oscar Wilde--The Artist as Irishman 3. John Bull's Other Islander--Bernard Shaw ANGLO-IRELAND: THE WOMAN'S PART Interchapter 4. Tragedies of Manners--Somerville and Ross 5. Lady Gregory and the Empire Boys YEATS: LOOKING INTO THE LION'S FACE Interchapter 6. Childhood and Ireland 7. The National Longing for Form RETURN TO THE SOURCE? Interchapter 8. Deanglicization 9. Nationality or Cosmopolitanism? 10. J. M. Synge--Remembering the Future REVOLUTION AND WAR Interchapter 11. Uprising 12. The Plebeians Revise the Uprising 13. The Great War and Irish Memory WORLDS APART? 14. Ireland and the End of Empire INVENTING IRELANDS Interchapter 15. Writing Ireland, Reading England 16. Inventing Irelands 17. Revolt Into Style--Yeatsian Poetics 18. The Last Aisling--A Vision 19. James Joyce and Mythic Realism SEXUAL POLITICS Interchapter 20. Elizabeth Bowen--The Dandy in Revolt 21. Fathers and Sons 22. Mothers and Daughters PROTESTANT REVIVALS Interchapter 23. Protholics and Cathestants 24. Saint Joan--Fabian Feminist, Protestant Mystic 25. The Winding Stair 26. Religious Writing: Beckett and Others UNDERDEVELOPMENT Interchapter 27. The Periphery and the Centre 28. Flann O'Brien, Myles, and The Poor Mouth 29. The Empire Writes Back--Brendan Behan 30. Beckett's Texts of Laughter and Forgetting 31. Post-Colonial Ireland--"A Quaking Sod" RECOVERY AND RENEWAL Interchapter 32. Under Pressure--The Writer and Society 1960-90 33. Friel Translating 34. Translating Tradition REINVENTING IRELAND 35. Imagining Irish Studies Notes Index

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書名 Inventing Ireland
著作者等 Kiberd, Declan
シリーズ名 Convergences : inventories of the present
出版元 Harvard University Press
刊行年月 1996
ページ数 719 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0674463641
NCID BA27276210
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国