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Stepping Through Origins: Nature, Home, and Landscape in Irish Literature (Irish Studies) (Paperback)

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Since the eighteenth century, landscape has played complex psychological and political roles in the narrative of Irishness, entailing questions of memory, family, home, exile, and forgiveness. In Stepping through Origins, Holdridge explores the interplay of these concepts in literature. For Irish writers from Swift to Heaney, the Irish landscape has remained not only a reflection of Irish troubles but, much like aesthetic experience, a space in which the bitterness of family or national life can be understood, if not entirely overcome. Through deft analysis of works by leading Irish writers including Lady Morgan, Yeats, Joyce, Louis MacNeice, and Elizabeth Bowen, Holdridge expands and enriches our understanding of how landscape has served as a palimpsest for both family and country, connecting personal with collective memory, localized places with their regions, and individual with national identity.

About the Author

Jefferson Holdridge is professor of English at Wake Forest University and director of Wake Forest University Press. He is the author of The Poetry of Paul Muldoon and Those Mingled Seas: The Poetry of W. B. Yeats, the Beautiful and the Sublime.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780815637325
ISBN-10: 0815637322
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: January 19th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Irish Studies