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Selected Writings of John V.Kelleher on Ireland and Irish America by John V. Kelleher

Selected Writings of John V.Kelleher on Ireland and Irish America


Selected Writings of John V.Kelleher on Ireland and Irish America by John V. Kelleher

This work gathers John V. Kelleher's essays on the most widely known Irish cultural phenomenon - the literary renaissance of the early 20th century. It contains his assessments of Irish literature in its post-Revolutionary phase, and includes essays on the experience of the Irish in America. The text contain essays that examine early Irish literature and culture, opening with a benchmark essay for Irish studies, Early Irish History and Pseudo-History , which was read at the inaugural meeting of the American conference for Irish Studies in 1961. The collection concludes with Kelleher's translations and adaptations of poems in Old, Middle and Modern Irish, illustrating his command of the language at every stage.


Selected Essays of John V. Kelleher on Ireland and Irish America represents the essence of thought and learning of one of the outstanding scholars in Irish Studies. They are highly original and many of them are germinal. Professor Kelleher brings his unparalleled knowledge of the Irish annals and sagas to bear on various dimensions of Irish Studies. This outstanding volume is graced by a very fine introduction by the editor, Charles Fanning, which puts Professor Kelleher's life and work into historical perspective. -Emmet Larkin, University of Chicago

About the Author

John V. Kelleher is a professor emeritus of Irish Studies at Harvard University, where he taught for over forty years. He has written groundbreaking essays on the earliest Old Irish corpus of annals, genealogies, and heroic tales; on ideas of Celticism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; on the Irish Renaissance accomplishments of William Butler Yeats and James Joyce; and on the fiction of Frank O'Connor and Sean O'Faolain. His essays have defined terms and set boundaries for the study of the immigrant and ethnic cultures of Irish America. Charles Fanning is a professor of English and history, as well as the director of Irish and Irish Immigration Studies, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His books include The Irish Voice in America: 250 Years of Irish-American Fiction, The Exiles of Erin: Nineteenth-Century Irish-American Fiction, and Finley Peter Dunne and Mr. Dooley: The Chicago Years. He has edited New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora, James T. Farrell's Chicago Stories, Studs Lonigan, and Mr. Dooley and the Chicago Irish.

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Publication date

31st December 2002


John V. Kelleher

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Southern Illinois University Press


320 pages


Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Cultural studies
Literary essays



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