This is the first comprehensive history of Irish literature in both its major languages. The twenty-eight chapters in this two-volume history provide an authoritative chronological survey of the Irish literary tradition, both in Irish and English. Spanning fifteen centuries of literary achievement, the two volumes range from the earliest medieval Latin texts to the late twentieth century. The contributors, drawn from a range of Irish, British and North American universities, are internationally renowned experts in their fields. The Cambridge History of Irish Literature comprises an unprecedented synthesis of research and information, a detailed narrative of one of the world’s richest literary traditions, and innovative and challenging new readings. No critical work of this scale has been attempted for Irish literature before. Featuring a detailed chronology and guides to further reading for each chapter, this magisterial project will remain the key reference book for literature in Ireland for generations to come.
‘… a remarkable editorial and publishing contribution to current Irish studies. It offers the opportunity for creative debate.’ Irish Times
‘… the most truly comprehensive examination of the history of this country’s literature – in both the Irish and English languages – yet published. … The Cambridge History of Irish Literature is an informative, stimulating, and indispensable guide to the written and the oral world on this island. It’d be a shrewd investment and a family heirloom.’ Sunday Independent
‘… provides much more than the comprehensive coverage and historical background: it offers intelligent, up-to-date, theoretically informed and clearly written essays …’ The Times Literary Supplement
‘This is a valuable and impressive work.’ Textual Practice
‘Kelleher and O’Leary deserve great praise and support for their ringing endorsement of academic integrity. In summation, this is a necessary book for any serious student of Irish literature.’ The Irish Book Review