CONTENTS: Acknowledgements, vii; Notes
on the Contributors, viii; Elmer Andrews, Introduction ; Eilean Ní
Chuilleanáin, Borderlands of Irish Poetry, ; Richard
Kearney, Myth and Modernity in Irish Poetry ; Edna Longley,
The Aesthetic and the Territorial ; Peter McDonald, History
and Poetry: Derek Mahon and Tom Paulin ; Patricia Craig, History
and its Retrieval in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry: Paulin, Montague
and Others ; Seamus Heaney, Place and Displacement: Reflections
on Some Recent Poetry from Northern Ireland ; John Wilson Foster,
The Landscape of Three Irelands: Hewitt, Murphy and Montague
; Gerald Dawe, The Suburban Night: On Eavan Boland, Paul Durcan
and Thomas McCarthy ; Maurice Harmon, Move, if
you move, like water: The Poetry of Thomas Kinsella, 1972-88 ;
Michael Allen, Rhythm and Development in Michael Longleys
Earlier Poetry ; Elmer Andrews, The Poetry of Derek Mahon:
places where a thought might grow ; A. S. Knowland, The
Thoughtful Songs of James Simmons ; Michael Allen, The
Poetry of Medbh McGuckian ; Barbara Buchanan, Paul Muldoon:
Whos to know whats knowable? ; Select Bibliography
of Contemporary Irish Poetry ; Index .
Michael Allen was educated at Leeds University. A Senior Lecturer
at Queens University, Belfast, he is the author of Poe and the British
Magazine Tradition (1969), a British Association for American Studies
pamphlet on Emily Dickinson (1985) and essays on American and Irish writers
in various books and periodicals.
Elmer Andrews was educated
at Dalriada School, Ballymoney, and at Queens University, Belfast,
where he gained his MA and Ph.D. degrees. He has taught in Greece and
at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. Currently, he is a Lecturer
in English at the University of Ulster at Coleraine. His publications
include The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: All the Realms of Whisper (1988),
Seamus Heaney: A Collection of Critical Essays (editor, forthcoming),
and essays on American and Irish writers in various books and journals.
Barbara Buchanan was educated
at Queens University, Belfast, the New University of Ulster and
London School of Economics. She is Head of the English department in a
sixth-form college in London.
Patricia Craig was born in
Belfast and educated there and in London. She is a freelance author and
critic, a biographer of Elizabeth Bowen, and a frequent contributor to
many periodicals, including The Times Literary Supplement and the London
Review of Books.
Gerald Dawe was educated at
Orangefield Boys School, Belfast, the New University of Ulster and
University College, Galway. Currently lecturing in English at Trinity
College, Dublin, he has published two books of poems, Sheltering Places
(1978) and The Lundys Letter (1985), edited The Younger Irish Poets (1982)
and coedited with Edna Longley Across a Roaring Hill: The Protestant Imagination
in Modern Ireland (1985). He has received a Major State Award (1974-7)
and an Arts Council bursary for poetry (1980) and was awarded the Macaulay
Fellowship in Literature in 1984. He is general editor of the literary
John Wilson Foster was educated
at Queens University, Belfast, and the University of Oregon. He
is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia,
Vancouver. His publications include Forces and Themes in Ulster Fiction,
Fictions on the Irish Literary Revival (1987), and numerous contributions
to books and journals on Irish literature and culture.
Maurice Harmon was educated
at University College, Dublin, and at Harvard University. He is Associate
Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College, Dublin.
His publications include Sean OFaolain: A Critical Introduction
(1966, rev. edn 1984), The Poetry of 7homas Kinsella (1974), Select Sthliography
for tne Study of Anglo-Irish Literature and its Background: An Irish Studies
Handbook (1977), Irish Poets After Yeats (editor, 1978), Image and Illusion:
Anglo-Irish Literature and its Contexts (editor, 1979), A Short History
of Anglo-Irish Literature (co-editor with Roger McHugh, 1982) and The
Irish Writer and the City (editor, 1984). He edits the Irish University
Review: A Journal of Irish Studies.
Seamus Heaney was educated
at Queens University, Belfast. He was Boylston Professor of Rhetoric
at Harvard University (1984-9), and is currently Professor of Poetry at
Oxford. His collections of poetry include Death of a Naturalist (1966),
Door into the Dark (1969), Wintering Out (1972), North (1975), Field Work
(1979), Selected Poems 1965-1975 (1980), Station Island (1984) and The
Haw Lantern (1988). He has published two volumes of collected prose: Preoccupations:
Selected Prose 1968-1978 (1980) and The Government of the Tongue: The
T. S. Eliot Memorial Lectures and Other Critical Writings (1988).
Richard Kearney was educated
at University College, Dublin, at McGill University, Montreal, and at
the University of Paris. A Lecturer in Philosophy at University College,
Dublin, he is the author of Dialogues with Contemporary Continental Thinkers
(1984), La Poetique du possible (1984), Modern Movements in European Philosophy
(1986), Narratives of Contemporary Irish Culture (1987), The Wake of Imagination
(1988) and Transitions: Narratives in Modern Irish Culture (1988); and
editor of The Crane Bag Book of Irish Studies (2 vols, 1981 and 1987)
and The Irish Mind: Exploring Intellectual Traditions (1984). He was co-editor
of The Crane Bag and is currently co-editor of the Irish Review. He has
participated in television and radio programmes on Irish, British, French,
German and American networks, with contributions on Irish culture, the
media and modern European thought.
A. S. Knowland was educated
at Frensham Heights School and Exeter College, Oxford, where he read classics
and then English. He was Lecturer in English at University College, Toronto,
and Professor and Head of Department at Magee University College, Londonderry.
In 1960 he became Director of Studies at St Clares Hall, Oxford,
a post which he held until his retirement in 1984. He has been a visiting
professor at the universities of Connecticut and Munich, and has taught
at the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo. He has edited a collection
of Caroline plays, is author of W. B. Yeats: Dramatist of Vision, and
co-author, with A. Norman Jeffares, of A Commentary on the Collected Plays
of W. B. Yeats (1975).
Edna Longley is Professor of
English at Queens University, Belfast. She has edited Edward Thomass
Poems and Last Poems (1973), and his critical prose in A Language not
to be Betrayed: Selected Prose of Edward Thomas (1981). She has also edited
the works of James Simmons and Paul Durcan, and co-edited, with Gerald
Dawe, Across a Roaring Hill: The Protestant Imagination in Modern Ireland
(1985). Her extensive writings on contemporary Irish and English poetry
include Poetry in the Wars (1986) and Louis MacNeice: A Study (1988).
Peter McDonald was an undergraduate
at University College, Oxford, and received his doctorate from Oxford
in 1987. He was a Research Lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1986
to 1988, and is currently Fellow and Lecturer in English at Pembroke College,
Cambridge. His first full volume of poetry, Biting the Wax, was published
in 1989, and he is the author of Louis MacNeice: The Poet in his Contexts.
Eilean Ni Chuilleanain was
educated at University College, Cork, and at Oxford. A Lecturer in English
at Trinity College, Dublin, she has published five volumes of poetry -
Acts and Monuments (1972), Odysseus Meets the Ghosts of the Women (1973),
Site of Ambush (1975), The Rose Geranium (1981) and The Magdalene Sermons
(1991) - and a selection of her work entitled The Second Voyage (1978).
She has edited Irish Women: Image and Achievement (1985) and is editor
of Cyphers, a literary magazine.