The Islandman

The Blasket library began with the work of the Islandman himself , Tomás O'Crohan , who was born on the Great Blasket Island on St Thomas's day 1856 and lived there until his death in 1937. Last - born into a large family , he was ...

Author: Irene Lucchitti

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039118373

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This book concerns Tomás O'Crohan of the Blasket Islands and offers a radical reinterpretation of this iconic Irish figure and his place in Gaelic literature. It examines the politics of Irish culture that turned O'Crohan into «The Islandman» and harnessed his texts to the national political project, presenting him as an instinctual, natural hero and a naïve, almost unwilling writer, and his texts as artefacts of unselfconscious, unmediated linguistic and ethnographic authenticity. The author demonstrates that such misleading claims, never properly scrutinised before this study, have been to the detriment of the author's literary reputation and that they have obscured the deeply personal and highly idiosyncratic purpose and nature of his writing. At the core of the book is a recognition that what O'Crohan wrote was not primarily a history, nor an ethnography, but an autobiography. The book demonstrates that the conventional reading of the texts, which privileges O'Crohan's fisherman identity, has hidden from view the writer protagonist inscribed in the texts, subordinating his identity as a writer to his identity as a peasant. The author shows O'Crohan to have been a literary pioneer who negotiated the journey from oral tradition into literature as well as a modern, self-aware man of letters engaging deliberately and artistically with questions of mortality.

The Islandman


Author: Tomás Ó Crohan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192812335

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 245

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Tomas O'Crohan's sole purpose in writing The Islandman was, he wrote, "to set down the character of the people about me so that some record of us might live after us, for the like of us will never be seen again." This is an absorbing narrative of a now-vanished way of life, written by one who had known no other.

The Vanishing World of The Islandman

Islandman. “In tracing the journey of a memoir from the sparsely populated Blasket Islands into the world, Nic Craith chronicles the acquisition of literary ambitions, editorial interventions and translational transformations.

Author: Máiréad Nic Craith

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030257754

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

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Exploring An t-Oileánach (anglicised as The Islandman), an indigenous Irish-language memoir written by Tomás Ó Criomhthain (Tomás O'Crohan), Máiréad Nic Craith charts the development of Ó Criomhthain as an author; the writing, illustration, and publication of the memoir in Irish; and the reaction to its portrayal of an authentic, Gaelic lifestyle in Ireland. As she probes the appeal of an island fisherman’s century-old life-story to readers in several languages—considering the memoir’s global reception in human, literary and artistic terms—Nic Craith uncovers the indelible marks of Ó Criomhthain’s writing closer to home: the Blasket Island Interpretive Centre, which seeks to institutionalize the experience evoked by the memoir, and a widespread writerly habit amongst the diasporic population of the Island. Through the overlapping frames of literary analysis, archival work, interviews, and ethnographic examination, nostalgia emerges and re-emerges as a central theme, expressed in different ways by the young Irish state, by Irish-American descendants of Blasket Islanders in the US today, by anthropologists, and beyond.

Irish National Cinema

Visually , The Islandman reveals its indebtedness to Man of Aran although it keeps its commercial options open by including highly sentimentalised sequences of native singing and dancing that dilute an otherwise stark aesthetic .


Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415278942

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 214

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Ruth Barton argues that in order to understand the position of filmmaking in Ireland and the inheritance on which contemporary filmmakers draw, definitions of the Irish culture and identity must take into account the Irish diaspora and engage with its cinema.

Fictions of the Irish Literary Revival

There is , however , a sufficiently shaped and sustained awareness of self for us to call The Islandman a genuine autobiography , newly emerged from folk information and the memorat . Flower refers to the distinctive personality of O ...

Author: John Wilson Foster

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815623748

Category: Social Science

Page: 428

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This is a critical survey of the fiction and non-fiction written in Ireland during the key years between 1880 and 1920, or what has become known as the Irish Literary Renaissance. The book considers both the prose and the social and cultural forces working through it.

The Last Blasket King

The Islandman, p. 30. In Wicklow and West Kerry, p. 41. An Caomhnóir, Rí an Oileáin, 1990. An tOileánach Léannta, p. 35. From the Great Blasket to America, p. 18. Thar Bealach Isteach, p. 29. Chapter 3. The Last Blasket King: A Profile ...

Author: Gerald Hayes

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 1848898878

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

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The last King of the Great Blasket Island was Pádraig Ó Catháin, known as Peats Mhicí, who served for quarter of a century until his death in 1929. The King helped the islanders navigate through life and through national as well as international events, such as the 1916 Rising and the Great War. This book tells how he came to be King of the Great Blasket Island and how his personality and integrity shaped the role. This is the first account of the King’s extraordinary life, written in collaboration with his descendants in the USA and Ireland. It tells the story of this unique man, his many contributions to the island and his extended legacy. • Also available: From the Great Blasket to America by Michael Carney and The Loneliest Boy in the World by Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin

Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State

But we will not have freedom, the full light of freedom, until the spirit of the Islandman, the faith of the Islandman, the language of the Islandman, and the indomitable hope of the Island- man are firm and fast in the mind and the ...

Author: Philip O'Leary

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271030100

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 784

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This is an authoritative account of the a major, but neglected aspect of the Irish cultural renaissance- prose literature of the Gaelic Revival. The period following the War of Independence and Civil War saw an outpouring of book-length works in Irish from the state publishing agency An Gum. The frequency and production of new plays, both original and translated, have never been approached since. This book investigates all of these works as well as journalism and manuscript material and discusses them in a lively and often humorous manner. -- Publisher description

Men and Masculinities in Irish Cinema

However, there remained traces of some of the themes and concerns of the earlier films, and a small handful of productions stand out as worthy of analysis in terms of their portrayal of Irish men and masculinity, namely The Islandman ...

Author: D. Ging

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137291931

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

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Spanning a broad trajectory, from the New Gaelic Man of post-independence Ireland to the slick urban gangsters of contemporary productions, this study traces a significant shift from idealistic images of Irish manhood to a much more diverse and gender-politically ambiguous range of male identities on the Irish screen.

Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium

Writing on the Margin : Brian Ó Nualláin and The Islandman on Brian Ó Conchubhair It is well know that Brian Ó Nualláin's classic text An Beal Bocht / The Poor Mouth draws several Irish - language autobiographies and , in particular ...

Author: Samuel Jones

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674035287

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 295

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This volume includes “The Celtcity of Galicia, Spain, and the Arrival of Celtic Peoples from Britain in the Fifth Century AD” by Manuel Alberro; “Reading Aislinge enguso as a Christian Parable” by Brenda Gray; “Celtic Legends in Irish Opera, 1900–1930” by Axel Klein; “‘I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight’”—Looking for Arthur in All the Wrong Places” by Laurance Maney; “What Future for the Irish Gaeltacht Communities in the 21st Century?” by Nollaig Gadhra; “Acallam na Senrach as Prosimetrum” by Geraldine Parsons; “Courtly, Religious, and Traditional Themes in a Medieval Welsh Elegy to a ‘Swan Wargan Wyry’ (Fair Gentle Virgin)” by Laura Radiker; and “Welsh Prophetic Poetry in the Age of the Princes” by Elizabeth Schoales.

Translating Others Volume 2

This essay considers the treatment of elements of oral literature in translations of two well-known Irish autobiographies, Tomás Ó Criomhthain's An t-Oileánach (The Islandman), first published in Irish in 1929, ...

Author: Theo Hermans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131764042X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 281

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Both in the sheer breadth and in the detail of their coverage the essays in these two volumes challenge hegemonic thinking on the subject of translation. Engaging throughout with issues of representation in a postmodern and postcolonial world, Translating Others investigates the complex processes of projection, recognition, displacement and 'othering' effected not only by translation practices but also by translation studies as developed in the West. At the same time, the volumes document the increasing awareness the the world is peopled by others who also translate, often in ways radically different from and hitherto largely ignored by the modes of translating conceptualized in Western discourses. The languages covered in individual contributions include Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Rajasthani, Somali, Swahili, Tamil, Tibetan and Turkish as well as the Europhone literatures of Africa, the tongues of medieval Europe, and some major languages of Egypt's five thousand year history. Neighbouring disciplines invoked include anthropology, semiotics, museum and folklore studies, librarianship and the history of writing systems. Contributors to Volume 2: Paul Bandia, Red Chan, Sukanta Chaudhuri, Annmarie Drury, Ruth Evans, Fabrizio Ferrari, Daniel Gallimore, Hephzibah Israel, John Tszpang Lai, Kenneth Liu-Szu-han, Ibrahim Muhawi, Martin Orwin, Carol O'Sullivan, Saliha Parker, Stephen Quirke and Kate Sturge.