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    Toward a Materialist-Formalist History of Twentieth-Century Irish Literature

    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

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    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Materialist-Formalist History; Twentieth-Century Irish Literature;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 4656
    Depositing User: Joe Cleary
    Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 14:00
    Journal or Publication Title: Boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture
    Publisher: Duke University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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