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The Cambridge Companion to Irish Modernism
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  • Edited by Joe Cleary, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
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The story of Irish modernism constitutes a remarkable chapter in the movement's history. This volume serves as an incisive and accessible overview of that brilliant period in which Irish artists not only helped to create a distinctive nationalist literature but also changed the face of European and anglophone culture. This Companion surveys developments in modernist poetry, drama, fiction and the visual arts. Early innovators, such as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Jack B. Yeats and James Joyce, as well as late modernists, including Elizabeth Bowen, Samuel Beckett, Flann O'Brien, Máirtín Ó Cadhain and Francis Bacon, all appear here. Significantly, however, this volume ranges beyond such iconic figures to open up new ground with chapters on Irish women modernists, Irish American modernism, Irish language modernism and the critical reception of modernism in Ireland.


'The list of contributors is a who’s who of scholars working in the field. A comprehensive time line in the first few pages provides a thorough historical grounding in the socioeconomic, political and cultural events that contributed to the formation of Irish modernism. If this book is treated as the first window into the wider world of scholarship, then Cleary has more than ably accomplished his task.'

A. P. Pennino Source: Choice

'… remarkably successful … wide-ranging yet remarkably coherent, a notable achievement …

Source: Canadian Journal of Irish Studies

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  • 3 - The Irish Revival and Modernism
    pp 51-62


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