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Empire's Wake: Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form (Hardback)
  • Empire's Wake: Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form (Hardback)

Empire's Wake: Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form (Hardback)

Hardback 264 Pages
Published: 10/12/2012

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Shedding new light on the rich intellectual and political milieux shaping the divergent legacies of Joyce and Yeats, Empire’s Wake traces how a distinct postcolonial modernism emerged within Irish literature in the late 1920s to contest and extend key aspects of modernist thought and aesthetic innovation at the very moment that the high modernist literary canon was consolidating its influence and prestige.

By framing its explorations of postcolonial narrative form against the backdrop of distinct historical moments from the Irish Free State to the Celtic Tiger era, the book charts the different phases of 20th-century postcoloniality in ways that clarify how the comparatively early emergence of the postcolonial in Ireland illuminates the formal shifts accompanying the transition from an age of empire to one of globalization.

Bringing together new perspectives on Beckett and Joyce with analyses of the critically neglected works of Sean O’Faoláin, Frank McCourt, and the Blasket autobiographers, Empire’s Wake challenges the notion of a singular “global modernism” and argues for the importance of critically integrating the local and the international dimensions of modernist aesthetics.

Publisher: Fordham University Press
ISBN: 9780823245444
Number of pages: 264
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

"In place of of the conventional aesthetic and chronological distinction between Revivalism, Modernism, and Counter-Revivalism (the latter primarily associated with modes of critical realism and naturalism), Quigley skillfully redeploys the conception of "late modernism" developed by Jed Esty to map the relationship between forms of English modernism and imperial decline." -Journal of Postcolonial Writing "A cogent, compelling, and significant intervention into the field of modern Irish literary studies on the one hand, and an intriguing account of the politics of so-called global or transnational modernism on the other. It's a seasoned and sure-handed piece of scholarly work; Quigley writes with force and precision, never skirting issues that require patient excavation and consideration." -- -Jed Esty University of Pennsylvania "Emerging from a recent wave of new modernist scholarship, Mark Quigley's first book, Empire's Wake, is a rich exploration of Irish postcolonial writing and modernist form...Overall, this timely study highlights the critical potential in shifting the parameters of modernism." -Modernism/modernity (Project Muse)

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