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Urban and Rural Landscapes in Modern Ireland

Language, Literature and Culture

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Edited By Irene Gilsenan Nordin and Carmen Zamorano Llena

The central theme of landscape has long been associated with the construction and expression of Irish national identity, particularly in relation to rural Ireland, which traditionally has been regarded as an important source of national heritage and culture. Associated with this preoccupation is the rural/urban divide that has characterised traditional representations of Ireland, especially since the end of the nineteenth century. The twentieth century saw dramatic changes to both rural and urban Ireland. The Celtic Tiger economy and the post-Tiger context have also seen momentous transformations in the Irish landscape. This book analyses the relationship between the rural and the urban and explores the way it is reflected in Irish literature, culture and language from the turn of the twentieth century to the present day. Among others, the work of John Hewitt, Liam O’Flaherty, Moya Cannon, Paula Meehan, Thomas Kinsella and Eavan Boland is analysed, through a variety of perspectives including cultural studies, linguistics, literary studies and ecocriticism.

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Acknowledgements ix

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Acknowledgements The Editors would sincerely like to thank a number of institutions and individuals that have made this collection possible. We are indebted to Dalarna University for their financial support. We are grateful to Christabel Scaife of Peter Lang for her patience and support, and to Eamon Maher, the Series Editor, for his valuable advice. Thanks are due to each and every one of the contributors, who with their expertise and challenging academic work have made this collection possible. It has been the Editors’ pleasure to work with each one of them and to learn from their insightful analyses of the relationship between the rural and the urban in literature, culture and language in modern Ireland. We are also greatly indebted to Moya Cannon for submitting three of her poems to be published in this collection, as well as for her generous acceptance to have an electronic interview with Irene Gilsenan Nordin. Finally, we owe our deepest gratitude to our closest family, whose love and patience have been indispensable to the successful completion of this project.

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