The story of Irish modernism constitutes a remarkable chapter in the movement's history. This volume serves as an incisive and accessible overview of that brilliant period in which Irish artists t only helped to create a distinctive nationalist literature but also changed the face of European and anglophone culture. This Companion surveys developments in modernist poetry, drama, fiction and the visual arts. Early invators, such as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Jack B. Yeats and James Joyce, as well as late modernists, including Elizabeth Bowen, Samuel Beckett, Flann O'Brien, Mairtin O Cadhain and Francis Bacon, all appear here. Significantly, however, this volume ranges beyond such iconic figures to open up new ground with chapters on Irish women modernists, Irish American modernism, Irish language modernism and the critical reception of modernism in Ireland.
Joe Cleary is a Professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and a visiting professor of English at Yale University. He is the author of Literature, Partition and the Nation-State: Culture and Conflict in Ireland, Israel and Palestine (Cambridge, 2002) and Outrageous Fortune: Capital and Culture in Modern Ireland (2007). He has also co-edited (with Claire Connolly) The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture (Cambridge, 2005) and (with Michael de Nie) a special issue of Eire-Ireland on empire studies. He has previously served as director of the Notre Dame Irish Seminar in Dublin and was a visiting professor at Notre Dame in 2000. His articles have appeared in Textual Practice, South Atlantic Quarterly, Boundary 2, Modern Language Quarterly, Field Day Review, Eire-Ireland, and other journals. He is currently working on books on modernism, empire and the restructuring of world literature in early twentieth-century Europe and on a study of the history of twentieth-century Irish cultural criticism.