J.M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism by Seán Hewitt (Oxford University Press, 2021)
Breaking new ground in ascertaining the tenets of Synge's spirituality, and his aesthetic and political idealization of harmony with nature, the book also builds on new work in modernist studies, arguing that Synge can be understood as a leftist modernist, exhibiting many of the key concerns of early modernism, but routing them through a socialist politics. A timely and thorough study of one of Ireland's most controversial writers, this is an exciting contribution to studies of the Irish Revival, and to modernist studies more broadly.
Trials of Nature: The Infinite Law Court of Milton's Paradise Lost, by Björn Quiring (Routledge, 2020)
Formations of the Formless: Chaos from the Ancient World to Early Modernity, eds. Andreas Höfele, Christoph Levin, Reinhard Müller, and Björn Quiring (De Gruyter, 2020)
Antarctica in British Children's Literature, by Sinéad Moriarty (Routledge, 2020)
The text is divided into two sections. Part I focuses on the stories of early-twentieth-century explorers such as Robert F. Scott and Ernest Shackleton. Antarctica in British Children’s Literature highlights the impact of children’s literature on the expedition writings of Robert Scott, including the influence of Scott’s close friend, author J.M. Barrie. The text also reveals the important role of children’s literature in the contemporary resurgence of interest in Scott’s long-term rival Ernest Shackleton. Part II focuses on fictional narratives set in the Antarctic, including early-twentieth-century whaling literature, adventure and fantasy texts, contemporary animal stories and environmental texts for children. Together these two sections provide an insight into how depictions of this unique continent have changed over the past century, reflecting transformations in attitudes towards wilderness and wild landscapes.
Irish Literature in Transition, 1940-1980, ed. Eve Patten (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
Tongues of Fire by Seán Hewitt (Cape, 2020)
Here, there is sex, grief, and loss, but also a committed dedication to life, hope and renewal. Drawing on the religious, the sacred and the profane, this is a collection in which men meet in the woods, where matter is corrupted and remade. There are prayers, hymns, vespers, incantations, and longer poems which attempt to propel themselves towards the transcendent.
In this book, there is always the sense of fragility allied with strength, a violence harnessed and unleashed. The collection ends with a series of elegies for the poet's father: in the face of despair, we are met with a fierce brightness, and a reclamation of the spiritual. 'This is when / we make God, and speak in his voice.'
Paying close attention to altered states and the consolations and strangeness of the natural world, this is the first book from a major poet.
The Selected Letters of John Berryman, eds. Philip Coleman and Calista McRae (Harvard University Press, 2020)
Robert Lowell and Irish Poetry by Eve Cobain and Philip Coleman (Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers, 2020)
British Detective Fiction 1891-1901 by Clare Clarke (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
Seamus Heaney and Society by Rosie Lavan (Oxford University Press, 2020)
The Sound of the Shuttle: Essays on Cultural Belonging and Protestantism in Northern Ireland by Gerald Dawe (Irish Academic Press, 2020)
Umbria: a cultural guide by Ian Campbell Ross (Perugia: Volumnia, 2020)
The Last Peacock: Poems 2014-2019 by Gerald Dawe (The Gallery Press, 2019)
Ireland, Enlightenment and the English Stage,1740-1820, ed. David O'Shaughnessy (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
The diary (1689-1719) and accounts (1704-1717) of Élie Bouhéreau, eds. Marie Léoutre, Jane McKee, Jean-Paul Pittion, and Amy Prendergast (Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2019)
The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English, eds. Paul Delaney and Adrian Hunter (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)
Aesop’s Fables, The Cruelty of the Gods by Carlo Gébler with illustrations by Gavin Weston (New Island (Ireland) and Head of Zeus (UK), 2019)