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Irish Literature in Transition: 1980–2020
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  • Volume 6
  • Edited by Eric Falci, University of California, Berkeley, Paige Reynolds, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
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Irish Literature in Transition, 1980–2020 elucidates the central features of Irish literature during the twentieth century's long turn, covering its significant trends and formations, reassessing its major writers and texts, and providing path-making accounts of its emergent figures. Over the past forty years, life in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland has been transformed by new material conditions in each polity and by ideological shifts in the way people understand themselves and their relation to the world. Amid these remarkable changes, culture on both sides of the border has emerged as a global phenomenon, one that both reflects and intervenes in rapidly changing contemporary conditions. This volume accounts for broad patterns of literary and cultural production in this period and demonstrates the value of Irish contemporary literature within anglophone and European traditions and as a body of work that has kept its eye trained on the particularities of the island and its inhabitants.


‘This is an extraordinary achievement, a hugely enjoyable and instructive read. It does not leave Irish Studies as it found it, instead renovating and extending the subject.’

Anthony Roche Source: Irish Times

‘These reckonings acutely register the 'future’s productively uncertain relation to the present world', as Falci writes of Boland and Heaney, and establishes the strengths and challenges of Irish Studies within this unpredictable present.’

Liam Harisson Source: Irish Studies Review

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