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Farming in Modern Irish Literature

Nicholas Grene


This innovative study analyzes the range of representation of farming in Irish literature in the period since independence/partition in 1922, as Ireland moved from a largely agricultural to a developed urban society. In many different forms, poetry, drama, fiction, and autobiography, writers have made literary capital by looking back at their rural backgrounds, even where those may be a generation back. The first five chapters examine some of the key themes: the impact of inheritance on family, in the patriarchal system where there could only be one male heir; the struggles for survival in the ... More

Keywords: farming, inheritance, West of Ireland, childhood memories, community, modernization, Patrick Kavanagh, John McGahern, Seamus Heaney

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198861294
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198861294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Grene, author
Emeritus Professor of English Literature, Trinity College Dublin