More Real Than Reality: The Fantastic in Irish Literature and the Arts


From the ancient texts and medieval illuminated manuscripts to 20th century poetry, painting, drama, stories, and novels, Irish writers and artists have found the fantastic not only congenial but necessary to their art. This collection of fifteen essays focuses on the fantastic in Irish literature and the arts, showing how the use of the fantastic mode has allowed Irish writers and artists to express ideas, emotions, and insights not available through the direct imitation of everyday reality. The works of Yeats, Field, Shelley, Synge, Beckett, Swift, Coleridge, and others are examined in incisive chapters written from the point of view of the fantastic.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Csilla Bertha
  • Maureen Murphy
  • Anthony Roche
  • Bettina Knapp
  • Christopher Murray
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1991


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