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Literature in English, 1891–1921

VIVIAN MERCIER

in A New History of Ireland, Volume VI

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583744.003.0013

Series: New History of Ireland

Literature in English, 1891–1921

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This chapter explores literature in the English language in Ireland during the period from 1845 to 1921. It suggests that the relationship of Irish literature to Irish politics during this period offers both paradox and symmetry. The paradox lies in the contribution of the Anglo-Irish literary revival in fostering a new separatist political tradition, while the symmetry can be found in the fact that writers' disillusionment with politics gave way temporarily to a celebration of revolution. The chapter comments on the works of several Irish writers including Maurice Craig, James Joyce, and Thomas Davis.

Keywords: Irish literature; English language; Irish politics; literary revival; political tradition; Maurice Craig; James Joyce; Thomas Davis

Chapter.  14488 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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