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The Irish Short Story

Traditions and Trends


Edited By Elke D'hoker and Stephanie Eggermont

Often hailed as a ‘national genre’, the short story has a long and distinguished tradition in Ireland and continues to fascinate readers and writers alike. Critical appreciation of the Irish short story, however, has laboured for too long under the normative conception of it as a realist form, used to depict quintessential truths about Ireland and Irish identity. This definition fails to do justice to the richness and variety of short stories published in Ireland since the 1850s. This collection aims to open up the critical debate on the Irish short story to the many different concerns, influences and innovations by which it has been formed. The essays gathered here consider the diverse national and international influences on the Irish short story and investigate its genealogy. They recover the short fiction of writers neglected in previous literary histories and highlight unexpected strands in the work of established writers. They scrutinize established traditions and use cutting-edge critical frameworks to discern new trends. Taken together, the essays contribute to a more encompassing and enabling view of the Irish short story as a hybrid, multivalent and highly flexible literary form, which is forever being reshaped to meet new insights, new influences and new realities.
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Notes on Contributors


VERONICA BALA is a doctoral student under Prof. Dirk Van Hulle’s supervision at the Centre for Manuscript Genetics of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She holds a BA in Translation (Romanian-English-Spanish) from the University of Bucharest and an MA in English literature and linguistics from the University of Antwerp. She received a distinction for her MA thesis ‘“But Who Is He to Speak of Him?” Language and Narrative Identity in the Genesis of Samuel Beckett’s A Piece of Monologue and Solo’. She has participated in various conferences and summer schools on Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. She is currently preparing the defence of her PhD dissertation, entitled ‘Samuel Beckett’s Student Library and the Modern Novel’.

DEBBIE BROUCKMANS is a PhD student at the University of Leuven, Belgium. She holds an MA in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Brussels and an Advanced MA in Literary Studies from the University of Leuven. Her MA thesis on Milton’s revision of Genesis in Paradise Lost was awarded the Herman Servotte Prize in 2012. For her dissertation she is investigating the occurrence of the genre of the short story cycle in Irish literature from the 1880s to the present. She has presented papers on the short story cycle at several international conferences and articles on the short story cycles of Mary Beckett, Val Mulkerns, and Emma Donoghue are forthcoming.

MARGUÉRITE CORPORAAL is Associate Professor of British Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen, as well as coordinator...

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