Folklore and the Fantastic in Twelve Modern Irish Novels

Synopsis

Ireland has given birth to some of the most admired works of world literature, and also to a fascinating body of folklore. This volume examines how conventions from Irish folklore have been used in twelve Irish novels published between 1912 and 1948. Among the authors discussed are James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Mervyn Wall, Darrell Figgis, Eimar O'Duffy, and James Stephens. From the sophisticated satire of Joyce, as found in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, to the tragicomedies of Mervyn Wall's Fursey novels, the intrusion of medieval Irish sources remains constant, suggesting a certain homogeneity in the novels' offerings of escape from reality through a world that belongs, in part, to folklore.