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Ironies of Art/Tragedies of Life

Essays on Irish Literature


Liliana Sikorska

Contents: Anna Warmuz: Between Heaven and Hell - a quest for purification in Saint Patrick’s Purgatory – Joanna Maciulewicz: Dialogic encounter of cultures in Castle Rackrent and The absentee by Maria Edgeworth and The wild Irish girl by Lady Morgan – Anthony Cronin: James Joyce: The advent of Bloom – Liliana Sikorska: Medievalism and its discontents. Religious community(ies) in Mervyn Wall’s Fursey novels – Michael Smith: The Irishness of Samuel Beckett – Agnieszka Setecka: «The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth». Sheridan Le Fanu’s Uncle Silas and John Banville’s The book of evidence: Two narratives of crime – Sławomir Konkol: Per aspera ad astra - the tragicomedy of John Banville’s Kepler – Ryszard Bartnik: The comic and the tragic in the drama of Irish belonging in Frank McCourt’s and Dermot Healy’s autobiographies – Izabela Krystek: Looking for the self: Dermot Healy’s A goat’s song as a modern tragedy of indecision – Dagmara Krzyżaniak: A disturbed family in a troubled country. A sociolinguistic insight into the domestic/national crisis in the works of two Irish playwrights: Sean O’Casey and Martin McDonaugh – Paul Durcan: Anthony Cronin’s The end of the modern world – Martin Dolan: Anthony Cronin’s vision of history in The end of the modern world – Łukasz Szpunar: «The modern has betrayed us». Intoxication and disillusionment with civilization in Anthony Cronin’s The end of the modern world – Joanna Bukowska: Irish topography of a disturbed mind in Seamus Heaney’s Sweeney astray and Trevor Joyce’s The poems of Sweeny, Peregrine – Jerzy Jarniewicz: Home, displacement, and depravation in Michael Longley’s «Ghetto» – Katarzyna Poloczek: Ironies of language and signs of existence in contemporary Irish women’s poetry: Sinéad Morrissey’s Between here and there, Paula Meehan’s Dharmakaya and Eavan Boland’s Code.