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The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume VThe Irish Book in English, 1891-2000$
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Clare Hutton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199249114.001.0001

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‘Anything about Ireland?’

‘Anything about Ireland?’

Reading in Ireland, 1969–2000

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The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume V

Rónán McDonald

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Irish reading culture in relation to book culture, as well as the social role of writing and reading from 1969 to 2000. It first considers the cultural and ideological aspects of Irish book consumption before undertaking a statistical analysis of ‘who’ was reading during the period in terms of gender, educational level, and age. It then evaluates the impact of censorship, and the campaign for its removal, on the ideology of books in general and on Irish reading habits in particular. It also describes the general tastes of Irish readers, including questions of genre and international influence before concluding with a discussion on the Irish interests of Irish readers within cultural and ideological contexts.

Keywords:   reading culture, book culture, social role, writing, reading, Ireland, censorship, books, reading habits, readers

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