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Farming in Contemporary Irish Literature & the Poetry of Seamus Heaney

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Farming in Contemporary Irish Literature is an innovative study which analyses the range of representation of farming in Irish literature in the period since independence/partition in 1922, as Ireland moved from a largely agricultural to a developed urban society. In many different forms including poetry, drama, fiction and autobiography, writers have made literary capital by looking back at their rural backgrounds, even where those may be a generation back. Particular consideration is given to the writings of John McGahern, Seamus Heaney and Patrick Kavanagh.

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Yeats's Poetic Codes (Oxford University Press, 2008), Home on the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and The Theatre of Tom Murphy: Playwright Adventurer (Bloomsbury, 2017).

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