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O'Connor, Frank

Paul Delaney

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2021-02-24

Frank O'ConnorIntroduction“O’Connor was, above all, a short story writer,” Maurice Sheehy proposed in the first extended bibliography of the writer’s ...

O’Casey, Sean

James Moran

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2015-07-28

Sean O’casey Introduction Sean O’Casey (b. 1880–d. 1964) is one of Ireland’s best-known playwrights, and any visitor to Dublin is likely to en...

O’Faoláin, Seán

Paul Delaney

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-01-21

Seán O’faoláinIntroductionSeán O’Faoláin (b. 1900–d. 1991) was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century Irish culture. A short-story writer...

Old English Literature

Elaine Treharne

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Old English Literature Introduction Old English literature covers the period from c. 600 to 1220, when the latest living versions of Old Engli...

Percy, Thomas

Ephraim Levinson, Dylan Carver

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2021-09-22

Thomas PercyIntroductionThomas Percy (b. 1729–d. 1811) is primarily remembered for his seminal collection of ballads, Reliques of Ancient English Poet...

Picaresque

José María Pérez Fernández

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2014-11-25

PicaresqueIntroductionThe picaresque as a generic category originated in Spanish literature of the 16th and early 17th centuries. It then spread all o...

Piers Plowman

Andrew Galloway

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-02-25

Piers PlowmanIntroductionIn its three (or four) versions, modern readers often find the allegorical, dream-vision alliterative poem Piers Plowman more...

Pope, Alexander

Tom Jones

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Alexander PopeIntroductionAlexander Pope (b. 21 May 1688–d. 30 May 1744) is the preeminent English poet of the early 18th century. He was commercially...

Post-War Irish Drama

Eva Urban

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Post-War Irish DramaIntroductionThe immediate post-war period from 1945 until the end of the 1950s was an important transitional period in Irish histo...

Post-war Irish Writing

Guy Woodward

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2016-03-31

Postwar Irish WritingIntroductionThough it had not suffered the devastation inflicted on much of the rest of Europe, the emerging southern Irish state...

Postmodernism

Tim Woods

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Postmodernism Introduction “Postmodernism” has been a notoriously difficult term to define, and it has had a complicated history across variou...

Prosody and Meter: Early Modern to 19th Century

Meredith Martin

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2019-11-26

Prosody and Meter: Early Modern to 19th CenturyIntroductionBoth of the terms prosody and meter have shifting and contested definitions in the history ...

Prosody and Meter: Twentieth Century

Meredith Martin, Ben Glaser

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2021-04-21

Prosody and Meter: Twentieth CenturyIntroductionIf the 19th century was marked by competing systems, debates about how to write metrical poetry in Eng...

Psychoanalysis

David Punter

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Psychoanalysis Introduction Since the origins of psychoanalysis in the work of Sigmund Freud, its relations to literature and to literary crit...

Quincey, Thomas De

Julian North

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Thomas De Quincey Introduction Thomas De Quincey (b. 1785–d. 1859), autobiographer and essayist, is best known for Confessions of an English O...

Ralegh (Raleigh), Sir Walter

Carlo M. Bajetta

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2014-08-26

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)IntroductionAgnes Latham once wrote that everything Ralegh (b. 1554–d. 1618) did “seems to have been tainted by a curious i...

Ramsay, Allan and Robert Fergusson

Rhona Brown

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Allan Ramsay and Robert Fergusson Introduction Allan Ramsay (b. 1684–d. 1758) was born in Leadhills, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He attended Crawfo...

Richardson, Samuel

Thomas Keymer

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Samuel RichardsonIntroductionWith his virtuoso handling of epistolary narration, and the psychological and circumstantial realism made possible by his...

Rise of the Novel in Britain, 1660–1780, The

Nicholas Seager

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2019-11-26

The Rise of the Novel in Britain, 1660–1780IntroductionEvery premise of the phrase “the rise of the novel” has been assailed in recent years. “The ris...

Robin Hood Literature

Stephen Knight

Subject: British and Irish Literature »

Date Added: 2012-09-20

Robin Hood Literature Introduction The Robin Hood tradition is late medieval in origin and was initially an inherently popular element in Engl...

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