The Playful Air of Light(ness) in Irish Literature and Culture

The Playful Air of Light(ness) in Irish Literature and Culture

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While discussions in the field of Irish Studies traditionally gravitate towards themes of struggle, oppression and death, the present book originates from a contradictory impulse. Without losing sight of Irelanda€™s troubled history and the complexities that shape its present, it centres on instances of playfulness, light(ness) and air in Irish literature and culture. Refracted through the prism of contemporary philosophy (notably of Italo Calvino, Luce Irigaray and MarAsa Lugones), these categories serve as the basis for thirteen essays by academics from Poland, the UK, Germany and Spain. Some of these offer fresh readings of such seminal authors as W. B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney and John Banville; others look at lesser-known figures, such as Eimar Oa€™Duffy and Forrest Reid, who, before now, have received little scholarly attention.He seems drawn to the rhetorical character and potential of the essay as a personal and critical form and Modern Poetry could be read as a discourse in rhetoric held together by what the ancients identified as partes orationis: invention, anbsp;...

Title:The Playful Air of Light(ness) in Irish Literature and Culture
Author: Marta Goszczyńska, Katarzyna Poloczek
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2011-05-25

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