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Strange Country By Seamus Deane (Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame in Indiana)

Summary

Traces the emergence of a national tradition in Irish writing from the era of Edmund Burke's counter-revolutionary writings. The book claims Irish writing is dominated by inherited issues and the activities of Irish print culture take place within the limits imposed by this complex inheritance.

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Strange Country Summary

Strange Country: Modernity and Nationhood in Irish Writing since 1790 by Seamus Deane (Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame in Indiana)

This book traces the emergence of a self-consciously national tradition in Irish writing from the era of the French Revolution and, specifically, from Edmund Burke's counter-revolutionary writings. From Gerald Griffin's The Collegians, to Bram Stoker's Dracula, from James Hardiman's Irish Minstrelsy to Synge, Yeats, and Joyce, Irish writing is dominated by a number of inherited issuesthose of national character, of conflict between discipline and excess, of division between the languages of economics and sensibility, of modernity and backwardness. Almost all the activities of Irish print cultureits novels, songs, historical analyses, typefaces, poemstake place within the limits imposed by this complex inheritance. In the process, Ireland created a national literature that was also a colonial one. This was and is an achievement that is only now being fully recognised.

Strange Country Reviews

The demanding subtleties of these lectures provide, in fact, both a case in point and an encouraging augury for the future. * Roy Foster, The Times *
In a brilliant analysis of the relationship of land to speech, Deane writes that "soil is what land becomes when it is ideologically constructed as a natal source ..." * Proinsias O Drisceoil, The Irish Times *

About Seamus Deane (Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame in Indiana)

Seamus Deane is Keough Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ; 1. Phantasmal France, Unreal Ireland: Sobering Reflections ; 2. National Character and the Character of Nations ; 3. Control of Types, Types of Control: the Gothic, the Occult, the Crowd ; 4. Boredom and Apocalypse: A National Paradigm ; Bibliography ; Index

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NLS9780198184904
9780198184904
0198184905
Strange Country: Modernity and Nationhood in Irish Writing since 1790 by Seamus Deane (Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame in Indiana)
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Paperback
Oxford University Press
1999-02-25
280
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