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A History of Irish Modernism examines a wide variety of artworks (from the 1890s to the 1970s), including examples from literature, film, painting, music, radio, and architecture. Each chapter considers a particular aspect of Irish culture and reflects on its contribution to modernism at large. In addition to new research on the Irish Revival and cultural nationalism, which places them squarely in the modernist arena, chapters offer transnational and transdisciplinary perspectives that place Irish cultural production in new contexts. At the same time, the historical standpoint adopted in each chapter enables the contributors to examine how modernist practices developed across geographical and temporal distances. A History of Irish Modernism thus attests to the unique development of modernism in Ireland - driven by political as well as artistic concerns - even as it embodies aesthetic principles that are the hallmark of modernism in Europe, the Americas and beyond.


‘… the editors write that they intend the volume 'to re-examine the dominant narrative of Irish modernism, to feature lesser-known figures and works, and to take into account social and political spheres … in a variety of ways from a variety of perspectives' - a goal they achieve … The collection demonstrates that Irish modernism is distinctly different from and much broader than traditional high modernism … Recommended’

C. E. Epple Source: Choice

‘… provides a helpful template with which to address the various artists and movements covered in the rest of the book … the book achieves its goal through the course of its twenty three chapters and should be regarded as a serious collection.’

Feargal Whelan Source: Estudios Irlandeses

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