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The Aran Islands in Anglo-Irish and Irish Literature

A Literary History and Selected Studies


Andrea Maria Mayr

Contents: A non-literary perspective on Aran: Geology and cultural landscape – Political and socio-cultural history – Past and present aspects of Aran life – A literary history of the Aran Islands: Scholarly and literary representations of Aran from early 19th century to the present – Scholarly and ethnological investigations – Literary tourists and travellers – Fin-de-siècle Aran and the Irish literary revival – Aran in early 20th century literature – The first generation of Island writers – Robert Flaherty’s film Man of Aran – Aran literature from the 1930s to the 1980s – A Northern Irish perspective on Aran – Aran literature from the 1990s to the present – A contemporary outlook on Aran – Five selected studies: Emily Lawless’s Grania - John Millington Synge’s The Aran Islands - James Joyce’s «The Dead» - Liam O’Flaherty’s Thy Neighbour’s Wife - Máirtín Ó Direáin’s Aran poetry – Images and discourses in the representation of the Aran Islands.