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Toward a Materialist-Formalist History of Twentieth-Century Irish Literature
Cleary, Joe
Most accounts of contemporary Irish culture tend to be largely affirmative, even Whiggish, in cast. The contemporary cultural moment is recurrently described as one characterized by renaissance, experiment, and iconoclasm, a moment vitalized by the emergence of radical new voices, styles, media, forms, and energies. This upbeat view is clearly underpinned by a broader sociohistorical narrative, also of a decidedly Whiggish temper, in which contemporary Irish society is construed as one engaged over recent decades in an often laborious, but on the whole overwhelmingly successful, overcoming of a more repressive, provincial, censorious past. As Irish society leaves behind that past to become more liberal, secular, postnationalistic, multicultural, more confidently European in its outlook, contemporary Irish culture—the account runs—gives imaginative expression to this dynamic process of social change.
Keyword(s): English, Media & Theatre Studies; Materialist-Formalist History; Twentieth-Century Irish Literature
Publication Date:
2004
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): Cleary, Joe (2004) Toward a Materialist-Formalist History of Twentieth-Century Irish Literature. Boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture, 31 (1). pp. 207-241. ISSN 0190-3659
Publisher(s): Duke University Press
File Format(s): other
Related Link(s): http://mural.maynoothuniversity.ie/4656/1/JC_materialist.pdf
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