Irish Writers and Religion

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Robert Welch
Rowman & Littlefield, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 242 pages
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Irish writing has been influenced by religion from the beginning; indeed it was the arrival of Christianity which brought Latin orthography, which men of learning adopted. Pagan beliefs were assimilated into Christianity, but not entirely so: a theme which is dealt with in the essay on writing in early Ireland. The relationship between the various Irish Churches and writers in the 18th and 19th centuries is examined as is the influence of folk religion in modern Irish literature. There follow essays on: ghosts, Yeats, Synge, Joyce and Beckett; and on the poets Macneice, Kavanagh and Desmond Egan. Contributors: Lance St. John Butler; Peter Denman; Desmond Egan; Ruth Fleischmann; A. M. Gibbs; Barbara Hayley; Eamonn Hughes; Anne McCartney; Seamus MacMathuna; Joseph McMinn; Nuala ni Dhomhnaill; Mitsuko Ohno; Daithi O Hogain; Alan Peacock; Patricia Rafroidi and Robert Welch. Irish Literary Studies Series No. 37.
  

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Contents

In Memory of Heinrich Wagner
1
A Critical Survey
15
RELIGION AND SOCIETY IN NINETEENTH CENTURY IRISH FICTION
32
FOLK RELIGION AND THE SUPERNATURAL IN MODERN IRISH LITERATURE
43
GHOSTS IN ANGLOIRISH LITERATURE
62
SHAW AND CREATIVE EVOLUTION
75
CATHOLICISM IN THE CULTURE OF THE NEW IRELAND CANON SHEEHAN AND DANIEL CORKERY
89
YEATS AND RELIGION
105
MACNEICE AND KAVANAGH
148
SAMUEL BECKETT AND THE ABSENCE OF GOD
169
ON THE POETRY OF DESMOND EGAN AND OTHERS
185
RELIGION?
190
A PARABLE OF PSYCHIC TRANSFORMATION
194
NOTES
203
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
232
INDEX
235

JOYCE AND CATHOLICISM
116
SHARING THE LEPERS LAIR
138

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Welch is the author of novels, poetry.

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