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"Teeming Delight:" Irish Poetry 1930-1960

Pannell, Jessica Lynn (2011) "Teeming Delight:" Irish Poetry 1930-1960. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The dissertation provides a survey of poetry in largely critically neglected decades of Irish literature, arguing that the poetry of Denis Devlin, Thomas MacGreevy, Samuel Beckett, Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, and Blanaid Salkeld represents a crucial phase in the development of Irish poetry. In the first three chapters I argue that Denis Devlin, Thomas MacGreevy, and Samuel Beckett develop a uniquely Irish form of modernism that sits uneasily with both Irish and Continental traditions, examines the horrors of modern war, and in the case of Beckett, proposes a form of humanism based on the physiology of the body that radically departs from Enlightenment models. The Kavanagh chapter examines his reclamation and reformation of the Irish bardic tradition of pastoral dystopianism and Kavanagh's attempts at a new poetic based in anti-Pauline, post-institutionalized Christianity. The fifth chapter explores Clarke's reanimation of technical aspects of pre-eighteenth-century Irish poetry and, despite his public anti-Yeatsian statements, argues that his poetry both carries on and develops the Revivalist project. The Salkeld chapter proposes that Irish feminism operates in the poetry of this period in ways that both undermine and support the projects of Salkeld's male counterparts.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Pannell, Jessica
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKnapp, James F.knapp@fcas.pitt.eduJFKNAPP
Committee MemberMcCloskey, Barbarabmcc@pitt.eduBMCC
Committee MemberMacCabe, Colinmaccabe@pitt.eduMACCABE
Committee MemberBoone, Troyboone@pitt.eduBOONE
Date: 30 September 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 20 April 2011
Approval Date: 30 September 2011
Submission Date: 25 July 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Austin Clarke; Blanaid Salkeld; Denis Devlin; Irish literature; Irish poetry; modernism; Patrick Kavanagh; poetry; Samuel Beckett; Thomas MacGreevy; Yeats
Other ID:, etd-07252011-131854
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:53
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:46


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