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Irish Poetry of the 1930s$
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Alan Gillis

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277094.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) CHAPTER 1 Introduction
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Irish Poetry of the 1930s
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Alan Gillis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277094.003.0001

This brief chapter outlines the predominant stereotype of post-Independent Irish culture as stagnated and insular, and then asks why this might be the case given the highly impressive range of Irish writers wielding manuscripts at the time, including James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Frank O’Connor, George Bernard Shaw, and W. B. Yeats. It proceeds to provide the rationale for the rest of the book’s structure, indicating that its chosen poems will be read as constellations in which aesthetic forms and historical contradictions awaken to one another.

Keywords:   the 1930s, literary history, aesthetic form

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