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.
John McGahern Ways of Looking
Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Climate Crisis
Seamus Heaney’s Mythmaking
Trauma, Memory and Silence of the Irish Woman in Contemporary Literature Wounds of the Body and the Soul
Haunted Heaney Spectres and the Poetry
Seamus Heaney’s American Odyssey
By John Singleton
November 23, 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
August 23, 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 ...
By Edward J. O’Shea
December 30, 2022
Seamus Heaney’s American Odyssey describes, with a new archive of correspondence, interviews, and working drafts, the some 40 years that Seamus Heaney spent in the United States as a teacher, lecturer, friend, and colleague, and as an active poet on the reading circuit. It is anchored by ...
By Madalina Armie
December 30, 2022
In the mid-1990s, Ireland was experiencing the "best of times". The Celtic Tiger seemed to instil in the national consciousness that poverty was a problem of the past. The impressive economic performance ensured that the Republic occupied one of the top positions among the world’s economic powers. ...
By Red Washburn
November 16, 2022
This book explores 50 years of Irish women’s prison writing, 1960s–2010s, connecting the work of women leaders and writers in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. This volume analyzes political communiqués, petitions, news coverage, prison files, personal letters, poetry and short prose, and ...
By Colm O’Shea
July 29, 2022
The Sanskrit word mandala can be translated as "sacred circle." Within the circle sits a microcosm of the universe and/or consciousness, repre-sented by icons. Eastern civilizations developed the spiritual-artistic practice of creating mandalas—with sand, paint, and architecture—to high technical ...
By Jennifer Mooney
July 21, 2022
Feminist Discourse in Irish Literature addresses the role of young adult (YA) Irish literature in responding and contributing to some of the most controversial and contemporary issues in today’s modern society: gender, and conflicting views of power, sexism and consent. This volume provides an...
By Deirdre Flynn, Ciara L. Murphy
July 18, 2022
Austerity and Irish Women’s Writing and Culture, 1980–2020 focuses on the under-represented relationship between austerity and Irish women’s writing across the last four decades. Taking a wide focus across cultural mediums, this collection of essays from leading scholars in Irish studies considers ...