Reading and the Irish Revival, 1891-1922

Levitas, Ben. 2011. Reading and the Irish Revival, 1891-1922. In: Clare Hutton and Patrick Walsh, eds. The Oxford History of the Irish Book: Volume 5: The Irish Book in English 1891-2000. 5 Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 43-69. ISBN 978-0-19-924911-4 [Book Section]

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This chapter argues that reading in Ireland 1891-1922 was not merely a reading of 'Revival' texts, but a cheek-by-jowl encounter with a crowded shelf of new works, newspapers, established standards and popular fiction, priestly homily, polemic and rhetoric. Reading lists are examined, as is the public library movement during the period; while Catholic censoriousness and the restrictions of war are noted as pressures on this expansive variety of reading experience.

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A study of reading in Ireland in the revival period 1891-1922

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)



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26 Sep 2011 08:14

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