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Shakespeare, memory, and modern Irish literature

By Nicholas Taylor-Collins

Shakespeare, memory, and modern Irish literature
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  • Publish Date: Jan 2023
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4961-9
    • Pages: 328
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: January 2023

    Description

    This original and innovative book proposes 'dismemory' as a new form of intertextual engagement with Shakespeare by modern and contemporary Irish writers. Through reflection on these canonical writers and ranging across thirteen Shakespeare plays, Taylor-Collins demonstrates how Irish writers who helped to fashion and critique the Irish nation state carry an indelible, if often subdued, mark of Shakespeare's early modern English influence.

    The volume overall renews and revitalises the Shakespeare-modern Ireland connection: Taylor-Collins reveals Hamlet's hauntological legacy in Playboy of the Western World, Ulysses, and Ghosts; how the corporal economies that exert pressure from Coriolanus and Ben Jonson flicker through to the antiheroes in Beckett's Three Novels; and how the landed legacies of territorial contests in Shakespeare are engaged with in Yeats's poetry, and similarly how the diseased muddiness in Hamlet is addressed by Heaney.

    Reviews

    'Breath-taking in an imaginative audacity tempered only by scholarly scruple, this study shows just how much of the modern Irish mind Shakespeare invented. Nick Taylor-Collins's text crackles with new ideas: it is a work of passion and truth. It shows just how deeply Irish writers illuminate the Bard who in turn lights up their texts. The author has the gift of explanation without simplification. Its writer combines a fine alertness to the nuances of language along with a deep understanding of the socio-cultural matrices out of which all literature springs. The result is a magnificent evocation of the ways in which writers take fire from one another ... and even reinvent their predecessors.'
    Declan Kiberd, Professor Emeritus, Notre Dame University

    Contents

    Introduction: Remembering memory
    Part I: Ghosts
    1 'Go on from this': J. M. Synge's Playboy
    2 'Remember me': Hamlet, memory, and Leopold Bloom's poiesis
    3 'Someone wholly other': John Banville's Ghosts
    Part II: Bodies
    4 '[M]y genius for forgetting': Samuel Beckett's theatrical bodies
    5 'Kate had herself sterilized': O'Brien's self-disciplining bodies
    Part III: Land
    6 '[R]ights of memory': W. B. Yeats, surface, and counter-memory
    7 '[D]ithering, blathering': Seamus Heaney, the diseased word-hoard, and the Historian
    Conclusion: 'I disremember'
    References
    Index

    Author

    Nicholas Taylor-Collins is Senior Lecturer of English at Cardiff Metropolitan University

    Shakespeare, memory, and modern Irish literature

    By Nicholas Taylor-Collins

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