Words and Music in Irish Literature

Edited by Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos

Available 8 March 2019

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Music and literature have always been closely connected in Ireland – to an extent perhaps unknown in other western European literatures.


The case of Irish literature is a crystal clear instance of the range of the presence of music in literature, from the popular to the most sophisticated. From the old legends up to contemporary Irish literature the overwhelming presence of music is apparent in poems, novels, and drama in most if not all Irish writers, and this is an outstanding feature not to be found in other western literatures.

This book attempts to chart the contribution of music – traditional, classical and popular – to modern Irish literature in English. At the same time some chapters explore to what an extent a similar association of music and literature is possible in Galicia, providing insights into a number of works from different critical viewpoints.

Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos
  • Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos is Professor of English and Irish Literature at the University of A Coruna (Spain) and was Director of the Amergin University Institute of Research in Irish Studies. He published many articles and books on the subject, such as Breogán’s Lighthouse: An Anthology of Galician Literature, La literatura irlandesa en España, British and Irish Writers in the Spanish Periodical Press (1900–1965) (with D. Clark), James Joyce in Spain: A Critical Bibliography (1972–2002) (with A. Lázaro), James Joyce in Spain I and James Joyce in Spain II (with F. G. Tortosa), Poesia irlandesa contemporánea, Galicia desde Londres and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Ed.)

Number of pages216

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