Seamus Deane, one of Ireland's most important critics, assesses here the place of literature in "a colonial or neo-colonial culture like ours, where the naming of the territory has always been ... a politically charged act". The force of Deane's A Short History of Irish Literature derives precisely from his naming of the territory. With insight, erudition, and a razor-keen style, he locates Irish writers within the island's traumatic history. His aim is to show how literature has been inescapably allied with historical interpretation and with political allegiance.
Used availability for Seamus Deane's A Short History of Irish Literature
March 1986 : UK Hardback
January 1986 : USA Hardback
July 1994 : USA Paperback
March 1986 : UK Paperback