Modern Irish Autobiography: Self, Nation and Society

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April 2007



Modern Irish Autobiography provides the first comprehensive critical analysis of the Irish autobiographical tradition from the early nineteenth century to the present day. This pioneering collection offers readers a stimulating and provocative introduction to the principal themes, modes and narrative strategies of Irish autobiographers.


Notes on Contributors Introduction: Autobiography and the Irish Cultural Moment;
L.Harte 'With a Heroic Life and a Governing Mind': Irish Nationalist Autobiography in the Nineteenth Century;
S.Ryder Creating the Self, Recreating the Nation: The Politics of Irish Literary Autobiography from Moore to Behan;
B.Schrank 'Life Purified and Reprojected': Autobiography and the Modern Irish Novel;
E.Patten Pilgrimage to the Self: Autobiographies by Twentieth-Century Irish Women;
T.S.Napier 'Loss, Return, and Restitution': Autobiography and Irish Diasporic Subjectivity;
L.Harte Breaking the Silence: Emigration, Gender and the making of Irish Cultural Memory;
B.Gray Twentieth-Century Gaelic Autobiography: from lieux de mémoire to Narratives of Self-Invention;
M.Nic Eoin 'Drawing the Line and making the Tot': Aspects of Irish Protestant Life Writing;
B.Sloan Fighting without Guns?: Political Autobiography in Contemporary Northern Ireland;
S.Hopkins 'Voice Itself': The Loss and Recovery of Boyhood in Irish Memoir;
D.Sampson Memoirs of an Autobiographer;
G.O'Brien Bibliography Index


BREDA GRAY Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland
STEPHEN HOPKINS Lecturer in Politics, University of Leicester, UK
TAURA S. NAPIER Associate Professor of English, Wingate University, North Carolina, USA
MÁIRÍN NIC EOIN Lecturer in Irish, St Patrick's College, Dublin, Ireland
GEORGE O'BRIEN Professor of English, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
EVE PATTEN Lecturer in English, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
SEAN RYDER Senior Lecturer in English, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
DENIS SAMPSON Independent scholar
BERNICE SCHRANK Professor of English, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
BARRY SLOAN Lecturer in English, University of Southampton, UK


'Each of these writers explores the possibility that autobiography in Ireland may in some sense also be the autobiography of Ireland. The result is a set of meditations which does justice to many different Irelands, at home and overseas, in Irish and English, of the past and of the present. Liam Harte has assembled a strong team which shows how the making of Irish people is always a work-in-progress' - Professor Declan Kiberd, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University College Dublin, Ireland 'The autobiographical genre has been accentuated of late in Ireland as people begin to explore the territory between official narratives and their own experiences. With originality and insight, the essays in this collection broach the process of mapping a history of Irish self-writing. Theoretically engaged and critically astute throughout, Modern Irish Autobiography puts the I into Ireland, establishing self-writing as central to the project of modern Irish Studies.' - Dr Gerry Smyth, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
EAN: 9781403912688
ISBN: 1403912688
Untertitel: Self, Nation and Society. Auflage 2007. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2007
Seitenanzahl: 260 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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