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The Resource The Oxford companion to Irish literature

The Oxford companion to Irish literature

Label
The Oxford companion to Irish literature
Title
The Oxford companion to Irish literature
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The literature of Ireland displays an exceptional richness and diversity - whether in Irish or English, by native Irish and Anglo-Irish writers or by outsiders like Edmund Spenser whose works were deeply imbued with the country in which he lived and wrote. In over 2,000 entries, the Companion to Irish Literature surveys the Irish literary landscape across some sixteen centuries, describing its features and landmarks. Entries range from ogam writing, developed in the 4th century, to the fiction, poetry, and drama of the 1990s; and from Cú Chulainn to James Joyce. There are accounts of authors as early as Adomnán, 7th century Abbot of Iona, up to contemporary writers such as Roddy Doyle, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, and Edna OʼBrien. Individual entries are provided for all major works, from Táin Bó Cuailnge - the Ulster saga reflecting the Celtic Iron Age - to Swiftʼs Gulliverʼs Travels, Edgeworthʼs Castle Rackrent, Ó Cadhainʼs Cré na Cille, and Banvilleʼs The Book of Evidence
  • The Companion also illuminates the historical contexts of these writers, and the events which sometimes directly inspired them - the Famine of 1845-8, which provided a theme for novelists, poets, and memoirists from William Carleton to Patrick Kavanagh and Peadar Ó Laoghaire; the founding of the Abbey Theatre and its impact on playwrights such as J.M. Synge and Padraic Colum; the Easter Rising that stirred Yeats to the t̀errible beautyʼ of Èaster 1916ʼ. It offers a wealth of information on general topics, ranging from the stage Irishman to Catholicism, Protestantism, the Irish language, and university education in Ireland; and on genres such as annals, bardic poetry, and folksong. The majority of entries include a succinct bibliography, and the volume also provides a chronology and maps
Cataloging source
UkLiU
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR8706
LC item number
.O88 1996
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1947-2013
  • 1949-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Welch, Robert
  • Stewart, Bruce
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • DICTIONARIES. Literary: Ireland
  • DICTIONARIES. Literary: Ireland
  • English literature
  • Authors, Irish
  • Irish literature
Label
The Oxford companion to Irish literature
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages xxii-xxv)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A -- Z entries -- Maps: Places of literary interest. Ireland -- Dublin City Centre
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 614 pages
Isbn
9780198661580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
Label
The Oxford companion to Irish literature
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages xxii-xxv)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A -- Z entries -- Maps: Places of literary interest. Ireland -- Dublin City Centre
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 614 pages
Isbn
9780198661580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps

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