Life and Land in Literature

By William A. Dumbleton

Subjects: British Studies
Paperback : 9780873957823, 195 pages, June 1984
Hardcover : 9780873957830, 195 pages, June 1984

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations

The Literature of Irish History
1. The Distant Past
2. Recurring Enmities
3. Rebellions, Famine, Emigration
4. Parnell and Cathleen ni Houlihan
5. Strumpet City: Strike, Lockout, Distress
6. 1916 Rebellion

The Life of the Irish Countryside
7. Dreams and Idylls: Yeats' Early Poetry
8. Realities: Synge and the West

The Later Poems of Yeats
9. Mature Destinations

The Life of the City
10. Dubliners

Growing Up in Ireland
11. Joyce and McGahern


Suggested Reading



The essence of the Emerald Isle is captured in this book, which introduces the reader to Irish literature as it reflects and illuminates the history and culture of the people of Ireland. William Dumbleton has painted an impressionistic portrait of the country and its literature, focusing, where it serves to bring out the essential pattern, on relevant or exemplary works by such writers as Maria Edgeworth, William Butler Yeats, James Plunkett, Sean O'Casey, John Synge, Liam O'Flaherty, James Joyce, and John McGahern.

William A. Dumbleton is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York, Albany.