After Ireland: Writing the Nation from Beckett to the Present

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About the Author
Declan Kiberd is Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Kiberd is the only major Irish literary critic who gives serious attention to writing in the Irish language, and this energetically-argued book represents another distinguished contribution to Irish literary criticism and cultural debate. Kiberd's range and inclusivity are, as ever, extremely impressive. After Ireland offers fresh and detailed readings of a number of undervalued works, including many by women writers. An indisputably rich and accomplished work.--Emer Nolan, Maynooth University, Ireland
A major contribution, indispensable to contemporary Irish writing. Declan Kiberd's range and acuity are impressive.--Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
Declan Kiberd's After Ireland is an engrossing joy, a book packed with insight.--Joseph O'Connor"Irish Times" (12/09/2017)
Books like After Ireland don't come around very often, and when they do, they're such a pleasure, in part, because of the depth of vision, one that can only come from someone like Declan Kiberd who has thought deeply about the subject for a lifetime. Kiberd mixes the old Irish standards--Beckett, Friel, Boland, and Doyle--with lesser known examples such as Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Joseph O'Connor, and Claire Keegan in this major achievement of a book.--Eric Bulson, Claremont Graduate University
Outstanding...Declan Kiberd's After Ireland gives a perceptive, capacious account of life and letters since 1945. It looks back with wit and regret from the disappointments of austerity.-- (11/14/2017)
Stimulating...After Ireland is the final part of a rough trilogy, following on from the justly acclaimed Inventing Ireland and Irish Classics...Kiberd himself has often been most illuminating on the life in death of the Irish language, and After Ireland is a peculiarly lively postmortem in which, as in Finnegans Wake or Cré na Cille, the corpses refuse to take death lying down and the graveyard is full of incessant chatter...It is wonderfully written, jargon-free, witty and exuberantly engaging. What makes Kiberd a great critic is his disdain for barriers--between Irish and English, between literary forms, between works and their historical moments. He is as superb on Máire Mhac an tSaoi and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill as he is on Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon. His erudition in both languages makes his essay on Michael Hartnett, who moved between them, a beautiful meditation on double-mindedness. His equal ease with drama, fiction and poetry means that he is often brilliant in his exposure of unexpected connections.-- (10/28/2017)
After Ireland offers a rich and expansive understanding of how, despite its political and cultural travails, such a relatively small island earned such an outsized role in the making of the modern imagination.--Peter Quinn"Commonweal" (05/18/2018)
Kiberd has plenty to say about the present moment in Irish political and cultural life.--Patrick Walsh"Weekly Standard" (05/18/2018)
Energetic, imaginative...Kiberd [has a] sparkling and probing style...This taste for heightened drama and inclination toward painting in bold colors and challenging assertions have always made reading Kiberd a pleasure; the verve, insight, and imagination of the critical interventions in this book lie at the heart of its appeal.--Roy Foster"New York Review of Books" (07/19/2018)
Kiberd is a masterful critic; he knows the writing of Ireland from head to toe. Anyone who's interested in Irish literature would benefit from this volume.-- (07/21/2018)
Impressive in scope and erudition, Kiberd's book is required reading for anyone interested in Irish studies, modernism, or post-colonialism.--V. A. Murrenus"Choice" (08/01/2018)