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The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture


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Joe Cleary, Alvin Jackson, Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Tom Inglis, Liam O'Dowd, Siobhán Kilfeather, Mary J. Hickman, Kevin Whelan, Emer Nolan, Bernard O'Donoghue, Alan Bairner, Luke Gibbons, Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, Pádraigín Riggs, Norman Vance, Lillis Ó Laoire, Hugh Campbell, Fintan Cullen, Christopher Morash
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  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521526296

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  • This Companion provides an authoritative introduction to the historical, social and stylistic complexities of modern Irish culture. Readers will be introduced to Irish culture in its widest sense and helped to find their way through the cultural and theoretical debates that inform our understanding of modern Ireland. The volume combines cultural breadth and historical depth, supported by a chronology of Irish history and arts. A wide selection of essays on a rich variety of Irish cultural forms and practices are complemented by a series of in-depth analyses of key themes in Irish cultural politics. The range of topics covered will enable a comprehensive understanding of Irish culture, while the authors gathered here - all acknowledged experts in their fields - provide stimulating essays that together amount to an invaluable guide to the shaping of modern Ireland.

    • A wide-ranging and stimulating introduction to all different aspects of modern Irish culture
    • Includes essays by specialists on Irish cultural identity, literature, music, visual art and sport
    • Includes a chronology of Irish history and the arts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… stimulating introduction … well written and lucid …' Irish Times

    '… useful and authoritative … rish in broad brushstrokes …' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… this companion provides a coherent, engaging resource.' Irish Times

    'The essays collected in this timely and satisfying volume help the adventurous reader to access the extent to which the producers and practitioners of Irish culture have achieved such a balance in the course of the last two hundred years. Consistently challenging and intermittently captivating in its insights, this Companion stands as one of the most noteworthy contributions to Irish Studies in recent years.' The Irish Book Review

    '… a stimulating introduction to the richness of Irish culture over the last 200 years.' Reference Reviews

    '… Joe Cleary and Claire Connolly show their editorial gifts. … [Their] companion is an intelligent guide to the cultural complexities of modern Ireland. … an engaging contribution to Ireland's contemporary refiguration, composing a set of consistently provocative interventions that question the assumptions we hold as to what Ireland is, has been and may be.' Field Day Review

    'This addition to the Cambridge Companion series aspires to do more than simply provide a solid source of reference for the student of modern Irish culture … This rethinking of historical narratives provides an illuminating frame for understanding Ireland's experience over the last two centuries. … stimulating collection.' Irish University Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521526296
    • length: 418 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    1. Introduction: Ireland and modernity Joe Cleary
    Part I. Cultural Politics:
    2. The survival of the Union Alvin Jackson
    3. Language, ideology and national identity Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh
    4. Religion, identity, state and society Tom Inglis
    5. Republicanism, Nationalism and Unionism: changing contexts, cultures and ideologies Liam O'Dowd
    6. Irish feminism Siobhán Kilfeather
    7. Migration and diaspora Mary J. Hickman
    8. The cultural effects of the famine Kevin Whelan
    Part II. Cultural Practices and Cultural Forms:
    9. Modernism and the Irish revival Emer Nolan
    10. Poetry in Ireland Bernard O'Donoghue
    11. Irish sport Alan Bairner
    12. Projecting the nation: cinema and culture Luke Gibbons
    13. Folk culture Diarmuid Ó Giolláin
    14. Irish prose fiction Pádraigín Riggs and Norman Vance
    15. Irish music Lillis Ó Laoire
    16. Modern architecture and national identity in Ireland Hugh Campbell
    17. The visual arts in Ireland Fintan Cullen
    18. Irish theatre Christopher Morash

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Irish Writers, Cultural Studies
    • Modern Ireland: Culture and Context
    • Multicultural Perspectives
    • The Irish Renaissance
    • Union to Republic: Modern Ireland, 1775-1945
  • Editors

    Joe Cleary, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
    Joe Cleary lectures in English literature at the National University of Ireland Maynooth.

    Claire Connolly, Cardiff University
    Claire Connolly lectures in English Literature and Cultural Criticism at Cardiff University.


    Joe Cleary, Alvin Jackson, Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Tom Inglis, Liam O'Dowd, Siobhán Kilfeather, Mary J. Hickman, Kevin Whelan, Emer Nolan, Bernard O'Donoghue, Alan Bairner, Luke Gibbons, Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, Pádraigín Riggs, Norman Vance, Lillis Ó Laoire, Hugh Campbell, Fintan Cullen, Christopher Morash

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