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Michael O'Sullivan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088735

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088735.001.0001

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The emergence of an Irish humanities ethos

The emergence of an Irish humanities ethos

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The humanities and the Irish university

Michael O'Sullivan

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines key debates and movements in the humanities subjects in Irish universities since the forties. The first section examines Irish language criticism in demonstrating how important the language question was for education in literature and philosophy in the university up to the seventies. New movements in the humanities subjects in Ireland such as Irish Studies and postcolonialism are also assessed in light of influential work by Declan Kiberd, Richard Kearney and others. This section looks towards an Irish humanities ethos by contrasting the practice of the Irish humanities with that espoused by F. R. Leavis in relation to the English tradition.

Keywords:   Humanities, University, Donoghue, Kiberd, Kearney

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