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New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature

Excess in Modern Irish Writing

Spirit and Surplus

Authors: McAteer, Michael

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  • Examines the topic of excess in modern Irish writing in terms of mysticism, materialism, myth, and language
  • Discusses ideas of excess as they appear in works by major thinkers from Hegel, Kierkegaard and Marx to Nietzsche, Bataille, Derrida, and, more recently, Badiou
  • Illustrates how Matthew Arnold’s idea of the excessive character of the Celt is transformed within the modernity of twentieth-century Irish writing
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This book examines the topic of excess in modern Irish writing in terms of mysticism, materialism, myth and language. The study engages ideas of excess as they appear in works by major thinkers from Hegel, Kierkegaard and Marx through to Nietzsche, Bataille, Derrida and, more recently, Badiou. Poems, plays and fiction by a wide range of Irish authors are considered. These include works by Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, G. B. Shaw, Patrick Pearse, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, Louis MacNeice, Samuel Beckett, Elizabeth Bowen, Roddy Doyle, Seamus Heaney, Marina Carr and Medbh McGuckian.  The readings presented illustrate how Matthew Arnold’s nineteenth-century idea of the excessive character of the Celt is itself exceeded within the modernity of twentieth-century Irish writing.

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Michael McAteer is Associate Professor at the Institute of English and American Studies, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest. Previously, he taught Irish writing at the School of English, Queen’s University Belfast. His previous publications include Yeats and European Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Silence in Modern Irish Literature (ed.) (Brill, 2017).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Excess in Modern Irish Writing
Book Subtitle
Spirit and Surplus
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-37413-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-37413-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-37412-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 279
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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