300 years of Ireland’s literary history

Irish Literature in Transition is six-volume series from Cambridge University Press that tracks patterns of transmission and transformation between and across the centuries of Irish literature, from 1700 to the present. The general editors for the series are Boston College Associate Professor of English and Irish Studies Marjorie Howes and Claire Connolly of University College Cork.  According to the publisher: “Each of the six volumes revises [the] understanding of established issues and texts and, simultaneously, introduces new questions, approaches, and authors. The series as a whole generates alternative genealogies across time and space, creating a new and dynamic version of literary history while highlighting the significance of change as a lived, felt force.” In addition to her role as series editor, Howes edited volume four, Irish Literature in Transition, 1880–1940, which covers the crucial period of the 1916 Easter Rising and the writings of Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, and Lady Gregory. Vera Kreilkamp, who teaches in BC’s Irish Studies program, contributed an essay to this volume.

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