The Islandman

Author: Tomás Ó Crohan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192812335

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 245

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Tomas O'Crohan's sole purpose in writing The Islandman was, he wrote, "to set down the character of the people about me so that some record of us might live after us, for the like of us will never be seen again." This is an absorbing narrative of a now-vanished way of life, written by one who had known no other.

The Islandman

Author: Irene Lucchitti

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039118373

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This book concerns Tomás O'Crohan of the Blasket Islands and offers a radical reinterpretation of this iconic Irish figure and his place in Gaelic literature. It examines the politics of Irish culture that turned O'Crohan into «The Islandman» and harnessed his texts to the national political project, presenting him as an instinctual, natural hero and a naïve, almost unwilling writer, and his texts as artefacts of unselfconscious, unmediated linguistic and ethnographic authenticity. The author demonstrates that such misleading claims, never properly scrutinised before this study, have been to the detriment of the author's literary reputation and that they have obscured the deeply personal and highly idiosyncratic purpose and nature of his writing. At the core of the book is a recognition that what O'Crohan wrote was not primarily a history, nor an ethnography, but an autobiography. The book demonstrates that the conventional reading of the texts, which privileges O'Crohan's fisherman identity, has hidden from view the writer protagonist inscribed in the texts, subordinating his identity as a writer to his identity as a peasant. The author shows O'Crohan to have been a literary pioneer who negotiated the journey from oral tradition into literature as well as a modern, self-aware man of letters engaging deliberately and artistically with questions of mortality.

The Vanishing World of The Islandman

Author: Máiréad Nic Craith

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030257754

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

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Exploring An t-Oileánach (anglicised as The Islandman), an indigenous Irish-language memoir written by Tomás Ó Criomhthain (Tomás O'Crohan), Máiréad Nic Craith charts the development of Ó Criomhthain as an author; the writing, illustration, and publication of the memoir in Irish; and the reaction to its portrayal of an authentic, Gaelic lifestyle in Ireland. As she probes the appeal of an island fisherman’s century-old life-story to readers in several languages—considering the memoir’s global reception in human, literary and artistic terms—Nic Craith uncovers the indelible marks of Ó Criomhthain’s writing closer to home: the Blasket Island Interpretive Centre, which seeks to institutionalize the experience evoked by the memoir, and a widespread writerly habit amongst the diasporic population of the Island. Through the overlapping frames of literary analysis, archival work, interviews, and ethnographic examination, nostalgia emerges and re-emerges as a central theme, expressed in different ways by the young Irish state, by Irish-American descendants of Blasket Islanders in the US today, by anthropologists, and beyond.

The Islandman

Author: Tomás O'Crohan

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191037397

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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Tomas O'Crohan was born on the Great Blasket Island in 1865 and died there in 1937, a great master of his native Irish. He shared to the full the perilous life of a primitive community, yet possessed a shrewd and humorous detachment that enabled him to observe and describe the world. His book is a valuable description of a new vanished way of life; his sole purpose in writing it was in his own words, 'to set down the character of the people about me so that some record of us might live after us, for the like of us will never be again'. The Blasket Islands are three miles off Irelands Dingle Peninsula. Until their evacuation just after the Second World War, the lives of the 150 or so Blasket Islanders had remained unchanged for centuries. A rich oral tradition of story-telling, poetry, and folktales kept alive the legends and history of the islands, and has made their literature famous throughout the world. The 7 Blasket Island books published by OUP contain memoirs and reminiscences from within this literary tradition, evoking a way of life which has now vanished.

Irish National Cinema

Author: ROUTLEDGE,Ruth Barton

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415278942

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 214

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Ruth Barton argues that in order to understand the position of filmmaking in Ireland and the inheritance on which contemporary filmmakers draw, definitions of the Irish culture and identity must take into account the Irish diaspora and engage with its cinema.

Fictions of the Irish Literary Revival

Author: John Wilson Foster

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815625889

Category: Social Science

Page: 428

View: 1809


This is a critical survey of the fiction and non-fiction written in Ireland during the key years between 1880 and 1920, or what has become known as the Irish Literary Renaissance. The book considers both the prose and the social and cultural forces working through it.

Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State

Author: Philip O'Leary

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271030100

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 784

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This is an authoritative account of the a major, but neglected aspect of the Irish cultural renaissance- prose literature of the Gaelic Revival. The period following the War of Independence and Civil War saw an outpouring of book-length works in Irish from the state publishing agency An Gum. The frequency and production of new plays, both original and translated, have never been approached since. This book investigates all of these works as well as journalism and manuscript material and discusses them in a lively and often humorous manner. -- Publisher description

Men and Masculinities in Irish Cinema

Author: Debbie Ging

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230232000

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

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Spanning a broad trajectory, from the New Gaelic Man of post-independence Ireland to the slick urban gangsters of contemporary productions, this study traces a significant shift from idealistic images of Irish manhood to a much more diverse and gender-politically ambiguous range of male identities on the Irish screen. Ging argues that Irish filmmakers have been instrumental to identifying critical flashpoints and fissures in the 'masculinity' debate, sometimes long before sociologists, psychologists and the news media. She tracks evolving cinematic discourses on manhood, from the early period of nationalist filmmaking through the First Wave's unusually anti-patriarchal and anti-nationalist interventions, to post-Celtic Tiger cinema's engagements with postfeminism, New Laddism and Raunch Culture. This is a compelling and insightful story about the development of male identities in Irish cinema over the past century.

Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium

Author: Paul-Andre Bempechat

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674035287

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 295

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This volume includes “The Celtcity of Galicia, Spain, and the Arrival of Celtic Peoples from Britain in the Fifth Century AD” by Manuel Alberro; “Reading Aislinge enguso as a Christian Parable” by Brenda Gray; “Celtic Legends in Irish Opera, 1900–1930” by Axel Klein; “‘I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight’”—Looking for Arthur in All the Wrong Places” by Laurance Maney; “What Future for the Irish Gaeltacht Communities in the 21st Century?” by Nollaig Gadhra; “Acallam na Senrach as Prosimetrum” by Geraldine Parsons; “Courtly, Religious, and Traditional Themes in a Medieval Welsh Elegy to a ‘Swan Wargan Wyry’ (Fair Gentle Virgin)” by Laura Radiker; and “Welsh Prophetic Poetry in the Age of the Princes” by Elizabeth Schoales.