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The Irish Story By R. F. Foster

The Irish Story
by R. F. Foster

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Examines how key events in Irish history have been recast and retold to serve a multiplicity of purposes. In this book, the author demolishes the cliches that surround Ireland's past, examining how key moments have been turned into myths - and, recently, airbrushed and repackaged for Hollywood and popular culture.
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The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making it Up in Ireland by R. F. Foster

R.F. Foster's The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making it Up in Ireland examines how key events in Irish history have been recast and retold to serve a multiplicity of purposes.

In this provocative and extremely funny book Roy Foster demolishes the cliches that surround Ireland's past, examining how key moments have been turned into myths - and, more recently, airbrushed and repackaged for Hollywood and popular culture.

Whether discussing the 'misery tourism' of Famine theme parks, ideas of mystical Celticism, the contested 'Irishness' of Yeats or the sentimentalized childhoods of Angela's Ashes and Gerry Adams's memoir, The Irish Story brilliantly separates the tall tales from the truth.

'Brilliantly scathing ... combative, incisive and immensely enjoyable'
Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times

'Inspirational ... challenging, illuminating and witty'
Antonia Fraser, Irish Times Books of the Year

'Very funny ... the Irish story has rarely received so lively and unbiased an unfolding'
Patricia Craig, Independent

'A complex and supremely intelligent revision of Irish identity'
Colm Toibin, Independent Books of the Year

'Blazingly good ... lucid and elegant'
John Lloyd, Financial Times

R. F. Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. His books include Modern Ireland: 1600-1972, Luck and the Irish and W. B. Yeats: A Life.

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About R. F. Foster


R.F. Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford University. His books include MODERN IRELAND 1600-1972 and the first volume of W.B. YEATS: A LIFE. In 2000 he was a Booker Prize judge. THE IRISH STORY was shortlisted for the 2001 Orwell Prize.

Table of Contents


The story of Ireland; theme-parks and histories; "colliding cultures" - Leland Lyons and the reinterpretation of Irish history; years at war - poetic strategies and political reconstruction; "when the newspapers have forgotten me" - Yeats, obituarists and Irishness; the normal and the national - Yeats and the boundaries of Irish writing; square-built power and fiery shorthand - Yeats, Carleton and the Irish nineteenth century; stopping the hunt - Trollope and the memory of Ireland; prints on the scene - Elizabeth Bowen and the landscape of childhood; selling Irish childhoods - Frank McCourt and Gerry Adams; the salamander and the slap - Hubert Butler and his century; remembering 1798.

Additional information

GOR001019113
The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making it Up in Ireland by R. F. Foster
R. F. Foster
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2002-09-05
304
0140296859
9780140296853
Short-listed for Orwell Prize 2001
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