A Short History of Irish Literature

by Seamus Deane

Seamus Deane, one of Ireland’s most important critics, assesses here the place of literature in “a colonial or neo-colonial culture like ours, where the naming of the territory has always been…

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 282 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.85 out of 5
  • Published July 28th 1994 by University of Notre Dame Press
  • Original Title: A Short History of Irish Literature
  • ISBN: 0268017514 (ISBN13: 9780268017514)

Seamus Deane, one of Ireland’s most important critics, assesses here the place of literature in “a colonial or neo-colonial culture like ours, where the naming of the territory has always been … a politically charged act.” The force of Deane’s A Short History of Irish Literature derives precisely from his naming of the territory. With insight, erudition, and a razor-keen style, he locates Irish writers within the island’s traumatic history. His aim is to show how literature has been inescapably allied with historical interpretation and with political allegiance.