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The Japanese Effect in Contemporary Irish Poetry by Irene De Angelis

The Japanese Effect in Contemporary Irish Poetry


The Japanese Effect in Contemporary Irish Poetry by Irene De Angelis

The Japanese Effect in Contemporary Irish Poetry provides a stimulating, original and lively analysis of the Irish-Japanese literary connection from the early 1960s to 2007. While for some this may partly remain Oscar Wilde's 'mode of style', this book will show that there is more of Japan in the work of contemporary Irish poets than 'a tinkling of china/ and tea into china.' Drawing on unpublished new sources, Irene De Angelis includes poets from a broad range of cultural backgrounds with richly varied styles: Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Ciaran Carson and Paul Muldoon, together with younger poets such as Sinead Morrissey and Joseph Woods. Including close readings of selected poems, this is an indispensable companion for all those interested in the broader historical and cultural research on the effect of oriental literature in modernist and postmodernist Irish poetry.


This is a truly enlightening critical study, which puts flesh on an affiliation between islands at the opposite ends of the immense Eurasian landmass, and the commerce between their poetic traditions... it is various, and engaging, and culturally sophisticated, and scholarship which operates at the level of the word as well as at the level of culture. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies

...commendable in its attention to the fertility of the poetic ground created by Japan's influence on Ireland, and authoritative in its knowledge of both poetic cultures. Iain Twiddy, Journal of Irish Studies

Probably, in the West we are not thoroughly aware of the fact that Japanese aesthetics has influenced European and North American taste to a significant degree. This is why De Angelis
book is important. It testifies to the weight that Japanese culture has had in the shaping of much Western poetry

... De Angelis
research is extremely well accomplished. She deals with a wide and varied selection of Irish poets, whose work she analyses with a well versed knowledge in Japanese poetic structures and conventions

... De Angelis
book is filled with beauty and is a pleasure to read. She guides the reader through the discovery of an aspect of Irish poetry that is probably not so well known. Most importantly she manages to highlight the impact that Japanese poetry has had on contemporary Western poetry at large. Her approach is crisp and fresh like the poetry she investigates. Moreover, through her description of the

'Japanese effect', we are introduced to the specificities of some contemporary Irish poetry, i.e. its political engagement, which is not limited to Irish troubles, and its preoccupation with aesthetics, balance and reticence. Arianna Gremigni, Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies'

About the Author

Irene De Angelis is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Torino, Italy. With Joseph Woods she is co-editor of Our Shared Japan: An Anthology of Contemporary Irish Poetry (2007), and has published numerous articles on contemporary Irish poetry.

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Publication date

14th February 2012


Irene De Angelis

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Palgrave Macmillan


193 pages


Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Literary studies: poetry & poets



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