Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2012

264 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823245444

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Empire's Wake

Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form

Mark Quigley

A Fordham University Press Publication

Shedding new light on the rich intellectual and political milieus shaping the divergent legacies of Joyce and Yeats, Empire's Wake traces how a distinct postcolonial modernism emerges 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 is 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 twentieth-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.


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