21.6 x 13.8 cm Studies in Contemporary Irish Literature volume 2 Irish Literary Studies series (ISSN 0140-895X) volume 43
This is the second of four collections of essays intended to be published under the general title Studies in Contemporary Irish Literature (only two were) which are devoted to critical analysis of Irish writing since the 1950s. When taken together, it is intended that the four volumes will provide a solid foundation for scholars and students interested in the extraordinary achievements of Irish writers over the past few decades. The first volume, Cultural Contexts and Literary Idioms in Contemporary Irish Literature, also edited by Professor Kenneally and published in 1988, mapped out aspects of the cultural, social and political context of contemporary Irish writing and examined predominant concerns within a given literary genre.
Essays in the present collection establish some of the defining characteristics of contemporary Irish poetry, examine common features of several groups of poets and present focused analyses of twelve individual poets. The contributors are Elmer Andrews, Rand Brandes, Rory Brennan, Terence Brown, Richard Allen Cave, Tom Clyde, Gerald Dawe, Peter Denman, Maurice Elliott, Eamon Grennan, Edna Longley, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Kathleen McCracken, Peter McDonald, Ron Marken, Gerardine Meaney, Dennis O'Driscoll, Bernard O'Donoghue, Alan Peacock, Linda Revie, Robert Tracy, Stan Smith and Clair Wills.
Michael Kenneally, a native of Youghal, Co.Cork, received his post secondary edition in Canada. He is Professor of English at Marianopolis College, Montreal, and also teaches courses in Irish literature at Concordia University. He is author of Portraying the Self: Sean O'Casey and the Art of Auto-biography (1988) and edited Irish Literature and Culture (1992) as well as the first volume of the Studies in Contemporary Irish Literature series.
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