International Aspects of Irish Literature
21.6 x 13.8 cm. xii, 450 pp. 1996 Irish Literary Studies series (ISSN 0140-895X) volume 44, IASAIL Japan series volume 5
This is a selection of the papers read at the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature’s 1990 conference, held in Kyoto, with the theme ‘Irish Literature as an International Literature’, at which Seamus Heaney was the keynote speaker.
The collection is divided into sections: ‘Time Out of Mind’, ‘Regional Responses’, and ‘Chronological Responses’, with panels on ‘Interdiction of an Artist: Samuel Beckett’ and ‘Women in Irish Writing’, the essayists being Marie Arndt, Joseph Chadwick, Joan Coldwell, Steven Connor, Richard Corballis, Martin J. Croghan, Adele M. Dalsimer, Ganesh Devy, Theo D’Haen, Eilis Dillon Mercier, Seamus Heaney, Werner Huber, Clair Hughes, Michael Kenneally, Masaki Kondo, Heinz Kosok, Junko Matoba, Peter MCMillan, Leon McNamara, Naoya Mori, Kristin Morrison, Maureen Murphy, Ciaran Murphy, Seán O h-Eidirsceoil, Mitsuko Ohno, Britta Olinder, Peter Robinson, Joseph Ronsley, Ann Saddlemyer, Tetsuro Sano, Bonnie Kime Scott, Fuyiji Tanigawa, Stanley Weintraub, Robert Welch, and summaries of papers not published in full in this volume.
There are essays on folk memory as history, folklore, place names in early Irish and Japanese literature, Irish novels in an early 19th century German court library, echoes of Ireland in New Zealand literature, Irish regionalism, magic realism, four essays on aspects of W. B. Yeats, four on Joyce, with others featuring Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, Lafcadio Hearn, Sean O’Casey, Jack B. Yeats, Denis Johnston, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, John Hewitt, Toni Morrison, Maria Edgeworth, Sean O’Faolain and John Butler Yeats.