Routledge Studies in Irish Literature offers a range of theoretical perspectives, focusing in greater part on texts from the 20th and 21st centuries, and on a multi-racial, multi-cultural contemporary Irish society. This series makes full use of a range of contemporary theoretical perceptions, including deconstructive, psychoanalytic, ecocritical, translational, gender/feminist, cultural materialist, postmodern, new materialist, queer theoretical and presentist observations, offering genuinely fresh insights into Irish writing. Questioning issues of the canon, high and popular cultures and the traditionally historical orientations of Irish studies, this series uses theory to liberate new meanings in terms of Irish writing, society and culture, and to show how such writing has been, and continues to be, an agent of change in that culture.
Wallace Stevens and the Contemporary Irish Novel Order, Form, and Creative Un-Doing
John McGahern Ways of Looking
By Cassandra S. Tully de Lope
March 22, 2024
This book addresses Irish identity in Irish literature, especially masculinity in some of its forms through an interdisciplinary methodology. The study of language performance through literary analysis and corpus studies, will enable readers to approach literary texts from both quantitative and ...
By Salomé Paul
March 05, 2024
Marina Carr and Greek Tragedy examines the feminist transposition of Greek tragedy in the theatre of the contemporary Irish dramatist Marina Carr. Through a comparison of the plays based on classical drama with their ancient models, it investigates Carr’s transformation not only of the narrative ...
By Maria McGarrity
March 05, 2024
Modern Irish Literature and the Primitive Sublime reveals the Primitive Sublime as an overlooked aspect of modern Irish literature as central to Ireland’s artistic production and the wider global cultural production of Postcolonial literature. A concern for and anxiety about the primitive persists ...
By Edward T. Duffy
February 29, 2024
The Art of Translation in Seamus Heaney’s Poetry is a critical study of the later work of Seamus Heaney. While exploring the poet’s practice as a translator, it also traces his increasing preoccupation with the possibilities and conditions of translation in the theological sense of being lifted up ...
By Eugene O'Brien
December 22, 2023
Reading Paul Howard: The Art of Ross O’Carroll Kelly offers a thorough examination of narrative devices, satirical modes, cultural context and humour, in Howard’s texts. The volume argues that his academic critical neglect is due to a classic bifurcation in Irish Studies between high and popular ...
By Ian Tan
December 22, 2023
Wallace Stevens and the Contemporary Irish Novel is a major contribution to the study of the literary influence of the American modernist poet Wallace Stevens. Stevens’s lifelong poetic quest for order and the championing of the creative affordances of the imagination finds compelling articulation ...
By John Singleton
November 17, 2023
John McGahern (1934–2006) believed that fiction could act as a window on the world. Such windows, however, frame our fields of vision, alter and shape our perspectives. Far from being static, the artist’s perspective must continually evolve. This book provides a literary analysis of John McGahern’s...
By Eamonn Jordan
September 27, 2023
This book on modern and contemporary Irish theatre traces how social, cultural and economic capital are circulated in order to demonstrate complex and often contradictory outlooks on equality/inequality. Individual chapters analyse property ownership and inheritance; wealth acquisition; employment ...
By Andrew J. Auge, Eugene O'Brien
May 31, 2023
Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Climate Crisis addresses what is arguably the most crucial issue of human history through the lens of late-twentieth and early twenty-first-century Irish poetry. The poets that it surveys range from familiar presences in the contemporary Irish literary canon – ...
By Ian Hickey, Ellen Howley
April 28, 2023
Seamus Heaney’s Mythmaking examines Seamus Heaney’s poetic engagement with myth from his earliest work to the posthumous publication of Aeneid Book VI. The essays explore the ways in which Heaney creates his own mythic outlook through multiple mythic lenses. They reveal how Heaney adopts a ...
By Madalina Armie, Veronica Membrive
January 30, 2023
This volume studies the manifestations of female trauma through the exploration of multiple wounds, inflicted on both body and mind (Caruth 1996, 3) and the soul of Irish women from Northern Ireland and the Republic within a contemporary context, and in literary works written at the turn of the ...
By Ian Hickey
January 09, 2023
Haunted Heaney: Spectres and the Poetry looks at the ghosts and spectres present within the poetry of the Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney. Covering Heaney’s work from his first collection, Death of a Naturalist, to his final collection, Human Chain, this volume analyses Heaney’s poetry ...