The Cold of May Day Monday offers an indvidual view of the history of Irish literature from its very earliest phases up to the present day, more or less, with discussions of major writers such as Friel, Heaney, Derek Mahon, McGahern, and John Banville. Robert Welch traces the roots of Irish literature in myth and legend and explores ancient and pre-Celtic deposits and remembrances; saga literature, as well as devotional writing; the bardic heritage and the cycles of tales of early Ireland; the importance and survival of folklore; and the later phases of Irish literature, from the seventeenth century onwards. Welch frames his study around themes and clusters rather than chronology, seeking to retain coherence by means of a sustained attention to the thematic strains. Substantial attention is paid to the figure of the Hag in Irish literary culture. The often deeply troubled relations between Ireland and England inevitably call for treatment as well, most notably in chapters examining the Great Famine and its consequences for literature and cultural expression. Yeats is one of the key figures, as are O'Casey and Synge, but the focus is on their literary output, not their political experiences (though these are not overlooked).Robert Welch offers a readable account of a fascinating literary history, providing insights into the connections between Irish legend and literature, and accounts of the some of the best Irish writers of the twentieth century.
Since the publication of White Teeth in 2000, Zadie Smith has become one of the most popular contemporary writers and also one of the mostly widely studied. Taking criticism of Smith's work beyond its traditional focus on postcolonialism and multicultural identity, Reading Zadie Smith brings together leading international scholars to open up new directions in criticism of Smith's work. Covering such key topics as posthumanism, 'hysterical realism', religion, identity and ethics, this book brings together a full range of current critical perspectives to explore not only Smith's novels but also her short stories, her criticism and her non-fiction writing.
If in earlier eras music may have seemed slow to respond to advances in other artistic media, during the modernist age it asserted itself in the vanguard. Modernism and Music provides a rich selection of texts on this moment, some translated into English for the first time. It offers not only important statements by composers and critics, but also musical speculations by poets, novelists, philosophers, and others-all of which combine with Daniel Albright's extensive, interlinked commentary to place modernist music in the full context of intellectual and cultural history.
Mythic, speculative, macabre, science fictional, weird, fantastic, dystopian, dark, cosmic, magical, surreal, astrological, elfin, supernatural, futurist, spiritual, horrific, mystical, astronomic, grotesque, ethereal, folkloric, utopian, scientific, terrifying, starry, spectral-regardless of the differences in their emphases, the 96 poems published in this, the 31st-annual RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY, have two things in common: in privileging the imagination, they explore realms and ideas that hover outside the confines of our largely rational and empiric daily realities; and of all such poems published in 2007, the explorations undertaken herein are the most innovative and nuanced-and the most masterfully articulated.
This anthology follows the OxfordPoets anthologies of 2000, 2001 and 2002. It introduces a number of new poets who are beginning to make their way. The collection celebrates the diversity of the Oxford list (since 1999 an imprint of Carcanet Press in association with the English Faculty of the University of Oxford). County Cork in 1945; teaches Mediaeval English at Wadham College, Oxford and has published four books of poems. David Constantine, an authority on Holderlin, is a poet and a freelance translator.