Description : This collection of essays on a wide range of subjects is witness to the author's stimulating cultural symbiosis with Tunisia, where over a period of more than thirty years, he became a kind of Irish 'Barbarian'.
Description : This dissertation is a theological study of the writings of Saint Patrick of Ireland, composed in the fifth century, that are the oldest surviving pieces of Christian literature in the Irish Church. It is a response to Ad Gentes 22 at the Second Vatican Council where every local Church was invited to return to its own history and time when the Christians, this task leads back to St. Patrick and the faith in the Triune God he brought to a previously pagan land. The study represents an attentive listening to Patrick in his own words and his experience of God that he narrates and shares with his audience. The thesis is Trinitarian in content and form. Having introduced the reader to Patrick’s story, the sources and the ressourcement method employed to reinterpret Patrick’s teaching, emergent themes are then grouped together under Trinitarian headings: first Patrick’s experience of God as Father, his experience of Jesus Christ and his experience of the Holy Spirit. The final chapter of the thesis represents a meditatio on the previous chapters and explores new interpretations that have emerged from a lectio of Patrick’s writings. These interpretations are also grouped under Trinitarian headings and show how Patrick’s transformative experience of God is accessible to all modern Christians. In this sense, Patrick’s writings are invaluable sources of ressourcement that serve the ongoing need for an aggiornamento for how the Christian faith can be understood and lived. The study seeks a spiritual and theological communion with Patrick at a vital moment in the history of Irish Christianity: a communion that seeks to nourish and rejuvenate Christian faith in the twenty-first century.
Description : This Handbook offers a multiform sweep of theoretical, historical, practical and personal glimpses into a landscape roughly characterised as contemporary Irish theatre and performance. Bringing together a spectrum of voices and sensibilities in each of its four sections - Histories, Close-ups, Interfaces, and Reflections - it casts its gaze back across the past sixty years or so to recall, analyse, and assess the recent legacy of theatre and performance on this island. While offering information, overviews and reflections of current thought across its chapters, this book will serve most handily as food for thought and a springboard for curiosity. Offering something different in its mix of themes and perspectives, so that previously unexamined surfaces might come to light individually and in conjunction with other essays, it is a wide-ranging and indispensable resource in Irish theatre studies.
Description : Seamus Heaney, Tom Paulin and Medbh McGuckian are the three most influential poets from Northern Ireland who have composed poems with a link to the Tsarist Empire and the Soviet Union. Through their references to Russia the three poets achieve a geographical and mental detachment allowing them to turn a fresh eye on the Northern Irish situation.
Description : This book explores the perception of modern Greek landscape and poetry in the writings of Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon. Delving into travel writing, ecocriticism, translation and allusion, it offers a fresh comparative link between Greek modernity and Irish poetry that counterbalances the preeminence of Greek antiquity in existing criticism. The first section, devoted to travel and landscape, examines Mahon’s modern perception of the Aegean, inspired by his travels to the Cyclades between 1974 and 1997, as well as Heaney’s philhellenic relationship with mainland Greece between 1995 and 2004. The second section offers a close analysis of their C. P. Cavafy translations, and compares George Seferis’ original texts with their creative rendition in the writings of the Irish poets. The book will appeal to readers of poetry as well as those interested in the interactions between Ireland and Greece, two countries at the extreme points of Europe, in times of crisis.
Description : "The essays in this remarkable compilation all focus on the crucial question of whether or not Ireland was a colony, and whether its history is therefore...a colonial and subsequently a postcolonial one. This is no mere antiquarian or academic squabble, since what is at stake is nothing less than the whole question of Irish identity." From the Afterword by Edward Said
Description : Defining essays on questions of newly-emerging English nationalism and the political importance of chivalric values and knightly obligations, as perceived by contemporary historians.
Description : Description: This collection by one of America's most distinguished scholars, biographer of Sean O'Casey, and emeritus scholar at Brown University, examines a number of key issues and arguments in Irish intellectual life: Yeats as a political thinker, modern Irish criticism, the treatment of Dublin in modern literature, the conscience of Ireland and the poetry of Synge and Saw.