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Modern Irish and Scottish Literature


Book Launch

14 July 2023, 6:30pm

The James Joyce Centre was delighted to host the launch of Modern Irish and Scottish Literature: Connections, Contrasts, Celticisms by Dr. Richard Alan Barlow. The event will feature an introduction by Dr. Nicholas Allen from the University of Georgia.

The book examines the various ways Irish and Scottish literature have influenced each other from the 1760s to the contemporary era. By studying work in a variety of genres from figures such as James Macpherson, Walter Scott, Sydney Owenson, Augusta Gregory, W.B. Yeats, Fiona Macleod/William Sharp, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley MacLean, and Seamus Heaney in their respective political and cultural contexts, Modern Irish and Scottish Literature also provides a new account of the characteristics and phases of literary Celticism within Romanticism, the Celtic Revivals of Ireland and Scotland, Modernism, and beyond.

Dr. Richard Alan Barlow is an Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the Academic Director of the Trieste Joyce School. He received his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. His articles have appeared in journals such as Irish Studies Review, James Joyce Quarterly, Philosophy and Literature, and Scottish Literary Review. He has also been a contributor to The Irish Times and The Guardian. He is the author of The Celtic Unconscious: Joyce and Scottish Culture (Notre Dame University Press, 2017). Together with Paul Fagan, he is also editing a collection titled Finnegans Wake: Human and Nonhuman Histories, which is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2024.

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