Brian Ó Conchubhair (ed.)

Why Irish? Irish Language and Literature in Academia

ISBN: 9781903631591

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This volume offers not only illuminating close readings of medieval tales (Tochmarc Étaíne/The Wooing of Étáin) and Alan Titley’s contemporary novels (Meirscrí na Treibhe, Stiall Fhial Feola and An Fear Dána), but important surveys of the contemporary state of the language, a critique of the 20th-century revival project and a rationale for Government policy and the international promotion of Irish. Topics include Irish bardic poetry, the contemporary Irish novel, medieval Irish prose-tales, Indo-European linguistics, comparative literature, language maintenance, socio-linguistics, and the Irish language in American Universities.