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Modernism, Ireland and Civil War


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521489959

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  • The first two decades of Irish independence were fraught and the formation of the post-imperial state was a continual controversy. The conditional perception of what Ireland was, should, or might be coincided with a revolution in the arts. Now forgotten cultures flared and disappeared, little magazines, cabaret clubs, riots and theatres erupting in a fluctuating public sphere. Nicholas Allen reads the crisis of Irish independence as formative of newly experimental relations between novels, poems, paintings, artists and audiences. The conditional, unfinished spaces of the modernist artwork were an unfinished civil war. In connecting these texts and times, Allen locates Joyce, Beckett, Jack and W. B. Yeats in the controversies surrounding the Irish state after 1922. With its interdisciplinary perspective on artists and contexts, this book is a major contribution to the study of Irish culture of the 1920s and 30s and of modernism's histories.

    • Readings of Joyce, Yeats and Beckett in light of Irish political upheaval
    • Draws from a wide range of archival sources in literature, history, visual arts and popular culture
    • Composed of alternating chapters on artists and contexts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521489959
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Civil wars
    2. Irregular Joyce
    3. The plough and the cabaret
    4. W. B. Yeats and A Vision after empire
    5. Wherever motley is worn
    6. Beckett's time
    7. Jack Yeats and the liquid world
    8. Ireland today
    9. In the wake

  • Author

    Nicholas Allen, National University of Ireland, Galway
    Nicholas Allen is Moore Institute Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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