This book surveys Irish writing in English over the last two centuries, from Maria Edgeworth to Seamus Heaney, to give the literary student and the general reader an up-to-date sense of its variety and vitality and to indicate some of the ways in which it has been described and discussed.
It begins with a brief outline of Irish history, of Irish writing in Irish and Latin, and of writing in English before 1800. Later chapters consider Irish romanticism, Victorian Ireland, W.B.Yeats and the Irish Literary Revival, new directions in Irish writing after Joyce and the literature of contemporary Ireland, north and south, from 1960 to the present.
1. INTRODUCING IRELAND AND IRISH WRITING 2. ROMANTICISM IN IRELAND, 1800-1837 3. VICTORIAN IRELAND, 1837-1890 4. THE LITERARY REVIVAL AND OTHER STORIES, 1890-1920 5. JAMES JOYCE AND MODERN IRELAND, 1920-1960 6. WRITING AND CONTEMPORARY IRELAND, 1960-2000