literary circles. Walker should also be commended for the archival research he has done, as MacNeice's notebooks reveal the extent to which he thought about cultural and artistic developments in Ireland. In a set of preparatory notes for a lecture at the University of Cape Town, for example, MacNeice indicates that he intends to discuss Higgins, Kavanagh, Clarke, and Rodgers alongside traditional ballads and the medieval poem "Pangur Ban." MacNeice's interest in and reading of Irish poetry was deep as well as broad, as Walker ably demonstrates. Louis MacNeice and the Ireland of his Time is a vital addition to a growing corpus of work on MacNeice that looks at familiar texts and relationships with fresh eyes. MICHAEL A. MOIR, JR. Northern Irish Poetry and Domestic Space, by Adam Hanna, pp. 188. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. $90. Irish writers' relationships with place, and their efforts to feel rooted in place, are often subjects of critical debate. When the writers in question are of the "Troubled" North, the attention to these themes becomes particularly acute: to what degree, critics wonder, can authors feel at home on insecure, unsettled ground? Most analyses of contemporary Northern Irish writing focus on external
New Hibernia Review – Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas
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