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A History of Irish Autobiography

A History of Irish Autobiography

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Liam Harte, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Marie-Louise Coolahan, Elizabeth Grubgeld, Maria Luddy, Louise Fuller, Matthew Kelly, Eoin O'Malley and Kevin Rafter, Margaret O'Callaghan, Nicholas Allen, Christina Hunt Mahony, Jonathan Bolton, George O'Brien, Emmet O'Connor, Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, Kelly Fitzgerald, Mary Muldowney, Robert Tobin, Barry Sloan, Glenn Hooper, Michael Cronin, Laura P. Z. Izarra, James Silas Rogers, Patrick Buckridge, Liam Harte, Moira J. Maguire, Anthony P. McIntyre, Diane Negra, Claire Lynch
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107131446
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  • A History of Irish Autobiography is the first ever critical survey of autobiographical self-representation in Ireland from its recoverable beginnings to the twenty-first century. The book draws on a wealth of original scholarship by leading experts to provide an authoritative examination of autobiographical writing in the English and Irish languages. Beginning with a comprehensive overview of autobiography theory and criticism in Ireland, the History guides the reader through seventeen centuries of Irish achievement in autobiography, a category that incorporates diverse literary forms, from religious tracts and travelogues to letters, diaries, and online journals. This ambitious book is rich in insight. Chapters are structured around key subgenres, themes, texts, and practitioners, each featuring a guide to recommended further reading. The volume's extensive coverage is complemented by a detailed chronology of Irish autobiography from the fifth century to the contemporary era, the first of its kind to be published.

    • Contains twenty-five chapters by leading scholars from around the world, providing an authoritative critical survey of different types of Irish autobiography, notable subgenres, common themes, and important texts and writers
    • Includes the first detailed chronology of Irish autobiography from the arrival of Christianity in the fifth century to the contemporary era
    • Each chapter features a guide to recommended further reading, enabling readers to build upon the concepts provided in each chapter
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    ‘The Irish genius for life-writing, anguished, resilient and invariably eloquent, is captured here in all its stunning variety. Ranging from St Patrick’s Confessio to contemporary travel, abuse and celebrity memoirs and the fictional self-portraits that revolutionized modern literature, this absorbing History traces the indelible features of the Irish autobiographical imaginary: the religious, political and emotional turmoil; the defiant humour; the struggle against entrenched forces that oppress or mock the self, including Irishness itself.’ Maria DiBattista, Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English, Princeton University

    'Liam Harte, in his lucid introduction to A History of Irish Autobiography, points out that this genre has been underexplored and undervalued by scholars despite its pervasive influence on Irish literature, most notably on James Joyce’s Ulysses. Harte’s multi-authored volume more than makes up for this critical neglect. Reaching back to St Patrick and forward to the recent torrent of Irish memoirs about child abuse, this History offers the most comprehensive and readable overview to date of autobiographical writing in Ireland, making a compelling case for the intrinsic value of the genre and its multiple ramifications.' Maud Ellmann, Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English, University of Chicago

    '… not only a good book that should be read by everyone who wants to know more about Irish history and literature, but also by the researchers interested in philology, history, religion and philosophy. The pleasant and uniform stile of the text and the scientific skills used, important qualities of this book should surely be part of each good library that is concerned with this topic.' Iuliu-Marius Morariu, Astra Salvensis

    'A History of Irish Autobiography … provides a valuable introduction to the topic. It is as wide-ranging as the editor’s twenty-five contributors can make it … [the] book also comes complete with a chronology of notable works from c.450 to 2016.' Patricia Craig, The Times Literary Supplement

    'Harte (Univ. of Manchester, UK) gathers 24 essays that together present a rich, multivalenced portrait of the evolution of Irish life writing from c. 450 to 2016, from St. Patrick’s Confessio to the digital age. … Harte's collection should interest not only scholars of Irish literature and culture but also students of autobiography in general and those interested in the relationship between place and identity. Recommended.' M.F. McClure, Choice

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    23rd May 2018 by Iuliu

    The huge diversity of authors, the outstanding editorial and scientific conditions of the book (which has not only the texts of the researches but also a big index, pp. 394-408 and a short chronology, pp. XV-XXVI, containing a list with all the important publications of autobiography from the Confessio of Saint Patrick, written in 5th century until 2016) is accompanied by a diversity of topics and investigations dedicated to the autobiography written in Irish space. Book review of Iuliu-Marius Morariu, extract from journal Astra Salvensis, VI (2018), no. 11, p. 870-872.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107131446
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 162 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: autobiography theory and criticism in Ireland Liam Harte
    2. Writing in medieval Ireland in the first-person voice Máire Ní Mhaonaigh
    3. Early modern Irish autobiography Marie-Louise Coolahan
    4. Irish Protestant life-writing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Elizabeth Grubgeld
    5. Irish women's spiritual and religious life-writing in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Maria Luddy
    6. Spiritual and religious life-writing in Ireland since 1900 Louise Fuller
    7. Irish political autobiography from Wolfe Tone to Ernie O'Malley Matthew Kelly
    8. The memoirs of male politicians in independent Ireland Eoin O'Malley and Kevin Rafter
    9. Women's political autobiography in independent Ireland Margaret O'Callaghan
    10. Autobiography and the Irish literary revival Nicholas Allen
    11. Irish literary autobiography since the Revival Christina Hunt Mahony
    12. The Irish autobiographical novel Jonathan Bolton
    13. Memoirs of Irish rural life George O'Brien
    14. The autobiography of the Irish working class Emmet O'Connor
    15. Irish-language autobiography Bríona Nic Dhiarmada
    16. Orality and life-writing in modern Ireland Kelly Fitzgerald and Mary Muldowney
    17. Southern Irish Protestant autobiography since partition Robert Tobin
    18. Northern Irish autobiography since 1960 Barry Sloan
    19. The Irish travel memoir I: journeys within Ireland Glenn Hooper
    20. The Irish travel memoir II: journeys beyond Ireland Michael Cronin
    21. Life-writing and diaspora I: the autobiographical writings of the Irish in the USA and Latin America Laura P. Z. Izarra and James Silas Rogers
    22. Life-writing and diaspora II: the autobiographical writings of the Irish in Britain and Australia Patrick Buckridge and Liam Harte
    23. The Irish abuse survival memoir Moira J. Maguire
    24. Irish celebrity autobiography Anthony P. McIntyre and Diane Negra
    25. Irish life-writing in the digital era Claire Lynch.

  • Editor

    Liam Harte, University of Manchester
    Liam Harte is the author or editor of ten books, among them Reading the Contemporary Irish Novel 1987–2007 (2014), The Literature of the Irish in Britain: Autobiography and Memoir, 1725–2001 (2009), and Modern Irish Autobiography: Self, Nation and Society (2007), the last two of which are widely recognized as pioneering publications in the field of modern Irish life-writing. He is Senior Lecturer in Irish and Modern Literature at the University of Manchester.

    Contributors

    Liam Harte, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Marie-Louise Coolahan, Elizabeth Grubgeld, Maria Luddy, Louise Fuller, Matthew Kelly, Eoin O'Malley and Kevin Rafter, Margaret O'Callaghan, Nicholas Allen, Christina Hunt Mahony, Jonathan Bolton, George O'Brien, Emmet O'Connor, Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, Kelly Fitzgerald, Mary Muldowney, Robert Tobin, Barry Sloan, Glenn Hooper, Michael Cronin, Laura P. Z. Izarra, James Silas Rogers, Patrick Buckridge, Liam Harte, Moira J. Maguire, Anthony P. McIntyre, Diane Negra, Claire Lynch

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