Silence in Modern Irish Literature is the first book to focus exclusively on the treatment of silence in modern Irish literature. It reveals the wide spectrum of meanings that silence carries in modern Irish literature: a mark of historical loss, a form of resistance to authority, a force of social oppression, a testimony to the unspeakable, an expression of desire, a style of contemplation. This volume addresses silence in psychological, ethical, topographical, spiritual and aesthetic terms in works by a range of major authors including Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Bowen and Friel.
Michael McAteer, Ph.D. (1998), Queen’s University Belfast, is Associate Professor of English at Pázmány Péter University, Budapest. He has published extensively on Irish Literature, including
Standish O’Grady, AE, Yeats (Irish Academic P, 2002);
Yeats and European Drama (Cambridge UP, 2010).
"The breadth and brio of Silence in Modern Irish Literature ensue mainly from the contributors’ mastery of their field, from its concentration and coherence, and from its selection of prestigious Irish authors across the many genres, geotemporal divisions, national affiliation, religious dominations, and philosophical discourses."
- Ruben Moi,
The Arctic University of Norway, in
New Hibernia Review, Vol 21.3 (2017), pp. 155-158
"In its focus on gaps and ruptures in speech,
Silence in Modern Irish Literature marks a unique and important contribution to Irish Studies, one that alters approaches to reading practices themselves by shifting the focus from what is articulated, to what remains unspoken, but which nevertheless conveys meaning."
- Bridget English,
Études irlandaises, 42-2 (2017), pp. 154-156.
"Readers with an interest in modern Irish literature, modern drama, fiction and poetry; Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, and those interested in psychoanalytical and philosophical approaches to literature will find this a valuable and insightful collection."
- Robert Finnigan,
University of Sunderland, in
Estudios Irlandeses, (2018)
Read the full review: https://www.estudiosirlandeses.org/reviews/silence-in-modern-irish-literature/
“As this wide-ranging and often illuminating collection ably demonstrates, there is much to be said for attending to the role of silence in modern Irish literature. [T]he collection manages not only to reflect on the role of silence in Irish writing, but also to remedy silences in Irish literary historiography.”
-Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston, in
International Yeats Studies,” Vol. 2, Iss. 2, pp.69-73 (2018)
Michael McAteer Introduction
Part One — Psychologies of Silence
Michael McAteer Silence as Disturbance in W. B. Yeats’s “How Ferencz Renyi Kept Silent”
Emilie Morin Theatres and Pathologies of Silence: Symbolism and Irish Drama from Maeterlinck to Beckett
Heather Ingman Silence, Language, and Power in Elizabeth Bowen’s Work
Aleksandra V. Jovanović Narrative, Silence, and Psychosis in John Banville’s
The Book of Evidence
Part Two — Ethics of Silence
Willa Murphy Ritualized Silence and Secret Selves: The Seal of the Confessional in Nineteenth Century Ireland
Mark McGahon Silence, Justice, and the
Différend in Joyce’s
Benjamin Keatinge Silence as Testimony in Samuel Beckett and Derek Mahon
Alessandra Boller Women, Violence, and Silence: Roddy Doyle’s
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
Part Three — Places of Silence
Márta Pellérdi Silence and Displacement in Ivan Turgenev and George Moore
Anne Fogarty “The gentle thread of the little voice:” Silence, Sexuality, and Subjectivity in Kate O’Brien’s
The Land of Spices
Stephanie Schwerter Between Silence and Re-narration: Translating Signs of Belfast’s Urban Space
Part Four — Spirits of Silence
Keith Hopper “Silent, so to speak:” Flann O’Brien and the Sense of an Ending
Thierry Robin Variations on Silence in Dermot Healy’s
A Fool’s Errand
Virginie Roche-Tiengo The Voices of the Dead and the Silence of the Living in Brian Friel’s Drama
Notes on Contributors
All interested in modern Irish literature, European Modernist literature (Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Flann O’Brien), Modern Drama, Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, and anyone concerned with psychoanalytical and philosophical approaches to literature.