Understanding Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama
Each chapter focuses on one significant representative piece of contemporary Irish fiction or drama by filling in its cultural, historical, and literary background. Hallissy identifies a key theme or key event in the Irish past essential to understanding the work. She then analyzes earlier literary compositions with the same theme and through a close reading of the contemporary work provides context for that background. The chapters are organized chronologically by relevant historical events, with thematic discussions interspersed. Background pieces were chosen for their places in Irish literature and the additional insight they provide into the featured works.
"Margaret Hallissy's thoughtful, nuanced study of selected works of Irish fiction and drama demonstrates the ways that the works reflect the multiple interpretations of major events in modern Irish history and of key elements of Irish culture. Hallissy's purpose in her intelligent study is not to write an historical analysis of each event but to inquire into the historical interpretations that have informed the writer's point of view about each of the historical moments."—Maureen O. Murphy, Hofstra University
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