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Many accounts of the formative years of English modernism rely on Futurism's own questionable record of F. T. Marinetti's visit to London in the spring of 1910 as the catalyst for an avant-garde revolution in Anglo-American literature that led through Roger Fry's revolutionary...
Dublin's Gresham Hotel, where Gabriel and Gretta Conroy end their evening in Joyce's most famous short story, has a fascinating history. It was founded in 1817 by Thomas Gresham, who began life as a foundling rescued from the steps of London's Royal Exchange and was thereby given the...
Irish modernism from the Celtic Revival to the Republic of Ireland mobilized cultures of science and literature towards the larger goal of national independence. Focusing on the literary work of J. M. Synge and the popular science of his nephew J. L. Synge, I argue that a defining...
While critics note the saturation of Gerty MacDowell's mind with British commercial culture in the ‘Nausicaa’ episode of James Joyce's Ulysses, less well noted is the language and logic of Ireland's other master, Rome. In addition to the Marian images of piety and purity Gerty would have...
This article examines Beckett's prolonged inquiry into the phenomenological conditions of mental illness. If psychosis initially manifests as an explicit thematic concern in Murphy, it later becomes a formal principle that shapes Beckett's experiments with alternative narrative...
This article traces the complex and potent role of classical mythology in the poet George Barker's work of the 1930s. Noting Geoffrey Grigson's rage about ‘narcissism’ when reviewing Barker in 1935 it shows why this barb was more perceptive and apposite – in acknowledging an obsession...
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