Rhythms of Writing
An Anthropology of Irish Literature
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Discussing writers such as John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Colm Toibin, Frank McCourt, Anne Enright, Deirdre Madden, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Colum McCann, David Park, and Joseph OConnor, Wulff reveals how the making of a writer's career is built on the 'rhythms of writing': long hours of writing in solitude alternate with public events such as book readings and media appearances. Destined to launch a new field of enquiry, Rhythms of Writing is essential reading for students and scholars in anthropology, literary studies, creative writing, cultural studies, and Irish studies.
Prologue: Writing as Craft and Career
1. The Making of a Writer: Training and Creativity
2. Paths and Profiles: In Search of Recognition
3. The Public Intellectual: Writing Journalism
4. Modes of Writing: Genres, Topics, Styles
5. Tracing Tales: Folklore in Fiction
6. Selling Stories: The Publishing Market
7. Varieties of Translation: Within and Across Media
8. America as Hope: Legacy of Leaving
9. Irish Literature and the World
An anthropological study of writers, writing and contemporary literary culture in Ireland which draws upon ethnography, textual analysis, interviews and participant observation.