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Contemporary Irish literature : transforming tradition
Mahony, Christina Hunt, 1949-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xv, 299 pages ; 22 cm
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Edition statement and date of publication from label on t.p. verso.

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A thorough initiation into the works of a broad selection of living Irish writers.

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Library Journal Review

This is indeed the world of "contemporary" Irish writing, for Mahony includes only the living, from "famous Seamus" Heaney to 33-year-old Colum McCann. Divided into three long chapters covering poetry, the stage, and fiction, the book devotes five to ten pages to each of the major living writers, with brief biographies, publication histories, discussion of important individual works, and the themes and motifs of each. Mahony (Ctr. for Irish Studies, Catholic Univ.) manages to convey an enormous amount of information within her tight format and writes with admirable clarity and insight. This is meant to be an introductory text only for those first discovering that Irish literature continues on after Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett. The only current one-volume introduction to these writers, this is essential for all libraries with a literary collection at any level.¬ĎShelley Cox, Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

An informed, welcome companion to Richard Fallis's The Irish Renaissance (CH, Mar'78), this volume takes a chronological approach to its subject. Mahony (Catholic University of America) divides the study into three central chapters on poetry, drama, and fiction. Although such a treatment does not lend itself to extended analysis, readers will have difficulty finding a significant writer whom the author has excluded. Her observations are consistently astute and insightful and her judgments balanced and fair. The introduction provides a superb overview that links the writers in the early decades of the 20th century with those considered in this study. Her attention to women writers, too long overlooked in most critical studies, makes this volume invaluable. A prodigious piece of scholarship, this well-written study will be indispensable in the burgeoning study of Irish literature. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. D. W. Madden California State University, Sacramento

Table of Contents

Irish Poetry for Our Age
New Ireland on Stage
Modern Irish Fiction--Art and Reality
Selected Bibliography