Decolonisation and Criticism

Decolonisation and Criticism : The Construction of Irish Literature

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This book investigates the role of literary criticism in the process of Irish decolonisation since the late eighteenth century, with special emphasis on the 1950s.

Drawing on the work of both Irish and international commentators - including Edward Said, David Lloyd, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Luke Gibbons - Gerry Smyth seeks to reconfigure the established relations between literature and criticism. Smyth then sets his analysis against a modular theory of decolonisation based on a reading of Irish history from the perspective of contemporary postcolonial and post-structural theory.

Engaging with debates in a number of current fields, Decolonisation and Criticism challenges many assumptions and practices of Irish literary history.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 28.19mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745312322
  • 9780745312323

About Gerry Smyth

Gerry Smyth is a lecturer in cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University, teaching colonialism, post-colonialism and contemporary Irish fiction. He has published on Joyce, Arnold, Irish traditional music, and contemporary Irish cultural criticism.
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Review quote

'A valuable and groundbreaking book' -- Irish Literary Supplement
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Table of contents


Part 1: Decolonisation and Criticism

1. The Modes of Decolonisation

Nationalism and Decolonisation

Liberal and Radical Decolonisation

Decolonisation and Poststructuralism

Decolonisation in Ireland

2. Culture, Criticism and Decolonisation

Criticism and Crisis

The Institution of Criticism

Decolonisation and Criticism

3. Critical Encounters

Neo-Classicism and Celticism

Anglo-Ireland Under Pressure

Irish Politics, English Culture

Challenges to Cultural Nationalism

Part 2: Literary Criticism in Ireland 1948-58

4. Criticism in the Thin Society

5. The Periodical

The Moment of Kavanagh's Weekly

Variations on the Bell

The Professionals

Affiliated Periodicals

6. The Scope of Literary Criticism

A Note on Censorship -The University - Anthologies

7. The Book

The Life and Culture in Ireland Series -Truth and Method -An Irish Tradition?



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