James Carney

1914-1989 [James Patrick]; b. Portlaoise; ed. CBS Synge St. UCD, Bonn; Prof. Irish in Dublin Inst. for Advanced Studies (DIAS). DIW OCIL

ed., Topographical Poems by Sean Mór Ó Dubhagain and Giolla-na-Naomh Ó hUuidrain (DIAS 1943), 159pp.; ed., Poems on the Butlers of Ormond, Cahir and Dunboyne, AD 1400-1650 (DIAS 1945), 145pp.; ed., Poems on the O’Reillys (1970); ed., and trans., A Genealogical History of the O’Reillys, from Irish of Eoghan Ó Raghallaigh (1950), 315pp.; ed., Medieval Irish Lyrics (Dolmen 1967; rep. 1985); Studies in Irish Literature and History (DIAS 1955, rev. edn. 1979) [var. 1956 DIW]; The Problem of St. Patrick (1961, 1973). [Cathach 1996-97.] Also, the Irish Bardic Poet (Dolmen ?1967)

[Donncadha] Ó Corráin, Breatnach, and McCone eds., Sages, Saints and Storytellers, Celtic Studies in Honour of Professor James Carney (Maynooth: An Sagart 1989), 490pp.; Fergus Kelly and Michelle O Riordan, eds., Celtica vol. XXIII: Essays in Honour of James Patrick Carney ([Dublin]: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 1999), 435pp.

Comment on his edition of the Book of the O’Reillys and his Studies in Irish Literature, in Gerry Smyth, Decolonisation and Criticism: The Construction of Irish Literature (London: Pluto Press 1998): ‘By holding out the promise of a true Irish tradition, professional scholarly discourse in Ireland in the 1950s left itself open to annexation by the conservative and reationary elements in the country who had already hijacked the revolution and now needed weapons to ward off the various challenges to their version of national history. With their professional aloofness and apparent conclusiveness, texts like Carney’s were ideal weapons in such hegemonic encounters as they revealed the tradition of Irish literature (and the political structures which it emplied) to be a fait accompli. (p.165); see also Smyth’s discussion of The Poem Book of the O’Reillys (p.127).

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