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Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity 1800–2000
The Transformation of Oral Space


  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316614853

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  • From the Famine to political hunger strikes, from telling tales in the pub to Beckett's tortured utterances, the performance of Irish identity has always been deeply connected to the oral. Exploring how colonial modernity transformed the spaces that sustained Ireland's oral culture, this book explains why Irish culture has been both so creative and so resistant to modernization. David Lloyd brings together manifestations of oral culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, showing how the survival of orality was central both to resistance against colonial rule and to Ireland's modern definition as a postcolonial culture. Specific to Ireland as these histories are, they resonate with postcolonial cultures globally. This study is an important and provocative new interpretation of Irish national culture and how it came into being.

    • Offers a new interpretation of Irish history from a long historical perspective
    • Explains how oral culture operates in both colonial and postcolonial Ireland
    • Makes connections between themes in Irish culture and other postcolonial societies
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    'Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity, 1800–2000 is not a patched-together 'greatest hits' type of book: the studies that make up this compelling publication are strongly convergent, and by gathering them together in one volume, Lloyd has ensured that their themes are given new resonances.' Modern Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316614853
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: a history of the Irish orifice
    1. Irish hunger: the political economy of the potato
    2. Closing the mouth: disciplining oral space
    3. Counterparts: the public house, masculinity and temperance nationalism
    4. 'Going nowhere': oral space in the cell block
    5. The breaker's yard: from forensic to interrogation modernity
    6. On extorted speech: back to How It Is

  • Author

    David Lloyd, University of California, Davis
    David Lloyd is Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

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