Irish Modernism

Origins, Contexts, Publics

by Edwina Keown (Volume editor) Carol Taaffe (Volume editor)
©2010 Edited Collection VIII, 252 Pages
Series: Reimagining Ireland, Volume 14


This is the first interdisciplinary volume to present a sustained examination of the emergence, reception and legacy of modernism in Ireland. Engaging with the ongoing re-evaluation of regional and national modernisms, the essays collected here reveal both the importance of modernism to Ireland, and that of Ireland to modernism. Central concerns of the book include definitions of and critical contexts for an Irish modernism, issues of production, reception and the marketplace, new dialogues between literature and the visual arts in Ireland, modernism and Catholicism, and Irish modernism’s relationship with European and Anglo-American modernism. With contributions from established and emerging scholars in both Irish Studies and Modernist Studies, this collection introduces fresh perspectives on modern Irish culture that reflect new understandings of the contradictory and contested nature of modernism itself.


VIII, 252
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (March)
James Joyce Expressionism Irish modernism Irish culture
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. VIII, 252 pp., 6 ill.

Biographical notes

Edwina Keown (Volume editor) Carol Taaffe (Volume editor)

The Editors: Edwina Keown holds an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin and a B.A. (Hons) from Cardiff University. In 2007 she was the inaugural Lecturer in Irish Culture at Zagreb University. She lectures in Irish and English literature at St Patrick’s College, Dublin. Her research interests are in Anglo-Irish literature, Irish modernism, British modernism and twentieth-century Irish fiction and poetry. Carol Taaffe holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin, where she was later IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of English. In 2007-8 she was Lecturer in Irish and British Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is the author of Ireland through the Looking-Glass: Flann O’Brien, Myles na gCopaleen and Irish Cultural Debate (2008).


Title: Irish Modernism