Heathcliff and the Great Hunger: Studies in Irish Culture (Paperback)
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Heathcliff and the Great Hunger: Studies in Irish Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 372 Pages / Published: 04/10/1996
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When James Joyce called the Irish "the most belated race in Europe", he stated a complex truth about the history of his people and the nation they had been creating since the 18th century. The Irish would, in Joyce's liftime, write many of the masterpieces of modernism in English, while at the same time forging a nation-state in many ways still backward-looking and traditionalist. The paradox of Irish history is one of the many topics addressed in this book. It explores the interrelation of Irish political history and Irish literature, and reconfigures the contours of Irish cultural history. Including an examination of the Anglo-Irish novel from Swift to George Moore, the book discusses a host of unusual topics, from Shaw and science and Irish attitudes, to nature and the question of language, and a full-scale investigation of the Celtic revival. Terry Eagleton is the author of "Ideology", "Marxism and Literary Criticism", "Criticism and Iedology", "Walter Benjamin" and "Literary Theory: An Introduction".

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781859840276
Number of pages: 372
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 235 x 191 x 19 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[Heathcliff and the Great Hunger] is not merely a series of studies on Irish culture, but one of the most noteworthy contributions to it in recent times."--London Review of Books

"Absorbing and original"--Sunday Telegraph

"Absorbing and original."--Sunday Telegraph

"Erudite and ingenious."--Spectator

"Provoking in the best sense, and written with wit, passion, sophistication and brio a brilliant tour de force."--Independent

"Terry Eagleton has not just produced an impressive cultural history or reunited the literary and the political, he has provided a frame through which Britain and Ireland can re-vision a shared and savage past. In doing so, Eagleton has confirmed his standing as second to none among cultural critics writing in the English language today."--Guardian

"This is Eagleton at his best: lucid, original and witty."--Times Literary Supplement

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