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Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts

Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts

Christine Cusick

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Within the current climate of both literary and environmental studies Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts is an unprecedented integration of Irish Studies and Ecocriticism that is both timely and necessary. The essays offer ecocritical readings of Irish literary and cultural texts of various genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama and the visual image.

Long before there was a theoretical movement that gave a name to and vocabulary for literary readings of nature, scholars of Irish literature have understood the importance of the natural world to an Irish cultural sensibility. An emphasis on place not only pervades Irish writing of the twentieth century but also is in fact rooted in ancient traditions of Celtic mythology and place-lore.

While critical assessments of Irish place writing are numerous, few of them address such representations of the natural world as politically and culturally informed and scripted texts. Even fewer of them address the ecological implications embedded in these ways of knowing place. This project explores the natural world as a record of and participant in the experiences of a vibrant and changing Ireland.

This study is thus aimed toward a readership within multiple disciplines whose specific research agenda is to examine what cultural representations of nonhuman nature reveal about how humans care for and dwell in place.

Contents Introduction:

John Elder Wings beating on stone: Richard Murphy's ecology - Eamonn Wall Dark outlines, grey stone: nature, home and the foreign in Lady Morgan's The Wild Irish Girl and William Carleton's The Black Prophet -Jefferson Holdridge 'Sympathy between man and nature': landscape and loss in Synge's Riders to the Sea-Joy Kennedy - O'Neill 'Nothing can happen nowhere': Elizabeth Bowen's figures in landscape - Joanna Tapp Pierce George Moore's landscapes of return - Greg Winston Ireland of the welcomes: colonialism, tourism and the Irish landscape -Eóin Flannery Between country and city: Paula Meehan's ecofeminist poetics - Kathryn Kirkpatrick 'Love poems, elegies: I am losing my place': Michael Longley's environmental elegies - Donna Potts 'Becoming animal' in the novels of Edna O'Brien - Maureen O'Connor Reading the landscape for clues: environment in Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Miriam O'Kane Mara Collaborative ecology in Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan - Karen O'Brien Conclusion: Mindful paths: an interview with Tim Robinson - Christine Cusick

Additional Information

Author Christine Cusick
Publisher Cork University Press
Publication date 4 Jun 2010
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781859184547

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