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Strange Country: Modernity and Nationhood in Irish Writing since 1790

Seamus Deane


This book traces the emergence of a self-consciously national tradition in Irish writing from the era of the French Revolution and, specifically, from Edmund Burke’s counter-revolutionary writings. From Gerald Griffin’s The Collegians to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and from James Hardiman’s Irish Minstrelsy to Synge, Yeats, and Joyce, Irish writing is dominated by a number of inherited issues: national character, conflict between discipline and excess, division between the languages of economics and sensibility, and modernity and backwardness. Almost all the activities of Irish print culture–its no ... More

Keywords: Edmund Burke, Bram Stoker, Irish writing, Yeats, Joyce, economics, modernity, print culture, Ireland, James Hardiman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seamus Deane, author
University of Notre Dame in Indiana